Middle Park, Victoria

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Middle Park
Middle Park Hotel.jpg
Middle Park Hotel, on the corner of Canterbury Road and Armstrong Street
Middle Park is located in Melbourne
Middle Park
Middle Park
Coordinates37°51′07″S 144°57′47″E / 37.85194°S 144.96306°E / -37.85194; 144.96306Coordinates: 37°51′07″S 144°57′47″E / 37.85194°S 144.96306°E / -37.85194; 144.96306
Population4,143 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4,600/km2 (11,900/sq mi)
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
Area0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location5 km (3 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Port Phillip
State electorate(s)Albert Park
Federal division(s)Macnamara
Suburbs around Middle Park:
Albert Park South Melbourne South Yarra
Middle Park South Yarra
Hobsons Bay St Kilda West

Middle Park is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south of the central business district. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. The population estimate for Middle Park as of 30 June 2019 is 4,682. Since the previous year, the population has grown by 3.57%.It is located between Port Phillip and Albert Park Lake, which is about halfway across the western side of the Albert Park Reserve (a state park), hence the name "Middle" Park.

It is bordered by Canterbury Road to the east, Mills Street to the north, Fraser Street to the south and Beaconsfield Parade to the west.

Middle Park, along with neighbouring Albert Park, contains some of the best preserved terrace house and Victorian architecture in Melbourne and is part of a strict heritage-conservation area. Many of the terraces line Canterbury Road, along the former railway line, which now has several more tram light rail stops since it was converted to tram use in 1987. Others are along the main shopping street, Armstrong Street. The fine old buildings and development restrictions in the area and new developments are generally sympathetic to the prevailing style, driving up real-estate prices dramatically, in marked contrast with neighbouring St Kilda.


In Middle Park 71.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.1%, Greece 3.2%, New Zealand 2.5%, Italy 1.1% and United States of America 1.1%.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Thomas Ashworth (1864–1935) – publicist, property developer, benefactor; Ashworth Street named after him[2]
  • Albert Aughtie (1872–1944) – South Melbourne city engineer between 1901 and 1942; responsible for many public works projects in the area; Aughtie Drive named after him
  • William Carter (unknown dates) – an old and respected resident who conducted a florist's business and hot-house in Ferrars Street opposite the South Melbourne railway station; Carter Street named after him.
  • Frank Crean (1916–2008) – Former Federal Parliamentarian. Treasury and Deputy PM during the latter period of the 1972–75 Whitlam ALP government.
  • Simon Crean (born 1949) – Former federal politician. Son of Frank Crean.
  • John Danks (1828–1902) – businessman, manufacturer, councillor, benefactor; Danks Street named after him[3]
  • Ernest Roy England (1896–1978) – Anzac soldier noted for his heroic feats during World War One [birthplace][4]
  • Alexander Fraser (1802–1888) – businessman, councillor, politician; Fraser Street named after him[5]
  • Renée Geyer (born 1953) – singer, highly regarded in R&B/Jazz/Soul genres; ARIA Award winner and Hall of Fame inductee
  • Alistair Knox (1912–1980) – mudbrick house designer and builder, born and grew up in Middle Park
  • Jim Mellas (born 1962) – barrister, commentator, campaigner and activist for the return of the Parthenon Marbles
  • Robert McGregor (1825–1883) – politician; born in Scotland; founded the first secondary school in South Melbourne; McGregor Street named after him
  • Robert Mills (1826–1911) – hotelier, estate agent, councillor, mayor; born in Ireland; Mills Street named after him
  • James Neville (1861–1942) – architect, councillor; born in Port Melbourne; Neville Street named after him
  • John Nimmo (1819–1904) – surveyor, businessman, councillor; born in Scotland; first city surveyor of Emerald Hill; involved in the separation of Emerald Hill from the Melbourne City Council in May 1855; Nimmo Street named after him[6]
  • James Page (1835–1912) – auctioneer and estate agent; was one of the first residents of Emerald Hill; Page Street named after him
  • Esther Paterson (1892–1971) – artist, illustrator, cartoonist; her works are shown at the Australian War Memorial Canberra and The National Gallery of Victoria[7]
  • Guy Pearce (born 1967) – actor, musician; breakout acting role was 'Mike Young' in the Australian television series Neighbours
  • Robert Wright (1838–1912) – builder, councillor, mayor; Wright Street named after him
  • The Parker Sisters (Pat (1918–2009) Marie (1920–1979) & Eula (1923–1985) – Singer/ songwriters, WW2 Australian radio and live entertainers – they modelled their style on the Boswell Sisters.


  • Middle Park Hotel is a large Victorian hotel building on the corner of Canterbury Road and Armstrong Street. Built in 1889, it features wrought-iron lacework. The building was modified in the 1950s: decorative urns were removed, new doors were added, and windows were bricked up. Following a refurbishment in 2001, it was renamed the Gunn Island Hotel, in a reference to the island within nearby Albert Park Lake. Following another refurbishment in 2009, the hotel resumed trading under its original name.[8] It provides bars, dining and accommodation facilities. It had a further refurbishment in early 2020.
  • The Carmelite Roman Catholic Church was built in November 1891 by the Carmelites. It is a red and buff brick building with cement facings, built in Gothic style with a tall belfry at the south-east corner. The church features a large pipe organ  to accompany the singing of High Mass on Sunday mornings. It is the only Christian church in Middle Park as all the Protestant churches closed over the last few decades.
  • Middle Park Primary School opened on the corner of Richardson and Wright streets in 1887, with an initial enrolment of 600 students. The heritage school buildings are classified by the National Trust. The school has a relatively small catchment area bound by Kerferd Road, Beaconsfield Parade, Langridge Street and Canterbury road, with an extra section bound by Ferrars Street, Bridport Street into Albert Road and along Queens Road.
  • Sam Newman's Metro House near Middle Park in Canterbury Road, St Kilda West. This modern house has an impressive large glass mural of Canadian actress Pamela Anderson on the garage door. The house is one of about 200 Metro houses built on railway land between the now light rail line and the road in West St Kilda near Middle Park during the Kennett government era in the early 1990s.



Middle Park is served by route 12 which runs along Danks and Mills Streets, as well as route 96 which runs parallel to Canterbury Road. Kinetic Melbourne bus route 606 from Fishermans Bend to Elsternwick also runs through Middle Park. Port Phillip City Council also lays on a regular community bus linking the town halls, libraries, community centres and shopping facilities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Middle Park (Vic) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Ashworth, Thomas Ramsden (1864–1935)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  3. ^ "Danks, John (1828–1902)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  4. ^ "England, Ernest Roy (1896–1978)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  5. ^ "Fraser, Alexander (1802–1888)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  6. ^ "Nimmo, John (1819–1904)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  7. ^ "Paterson, Esther (1892–1971)" Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University
  8. ^ [1]. Retrieved 23 February 2010

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