Mulgrave, Victoria

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Intersection of Wellington Road and Wanda Street, Mulgrave.jpg
Wellington Road, Mulgrave
Mulgrave is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°55′41″S 145°10′26″E / 37.928°S 145.174°E / -37.928; 145.174Coordinates: 37°55′41″S 145°10′26″E / 37.928°S 145.174°E / -37.928; 145.174
Population19,368 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,745/km2 (4,519/sq mi)
Area11.1 km2 (4.3 sq mi)
Location21 km (13 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Monash
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Hotham
Suburbs around Mulgrave:
Notting Hill Wheelers Hill Scoresby
Clayton Mulgrave Rowville
Springvale Noble Park North Dandenong North
Monash Freeway, Mulgrave

Mulgrave is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.[2] Its local government area is the City of Monash. At the 2016 Census, Mulgrave had a population of 19,368.[3] The suburb takes its name from Mulgrave Castle in the English County of North Yorkshire. Sir George Phipps, the Earl of Mulgrave in the Peerage of Great Britain, served as the Governor of Victoria from 1879 to 1884.

The suburb in turn gave its name to the Mulgrave Freeway, which was later renamed to the Monash Freeway.[citation needed]


The first settler in Mulgrave parish (a division of the County of Bourke, which covers the Melbourne urban area) was Thomas Napier, in 1839. He was a Scottish builder who first reached the Colony of Victoria in the mid-1830s. Napier settled on the banks of Dandenong Creek and built his homestead in the Bushy Park Wetlands, in what is now Jells Park. None of the original homesteads remain, though some were demolished as late as the latter part of the 20th century. Remains of some homesteads were uncovered during the construction of the EastLink Tollway, temporarily halting work while they were archaeologically examined.

The first Mulgrave Post Office opened on 1 January 1869 but was renamed Wheelers Hill in 1888.[4] In 1904 a second Mulgrave Post Office opened but closed again in 1956.[4] The third Mulgrave Post Office opened in 1967 and closed in 1978. Meanwhile, a Mulgrave North (later Brandon Park) office opened in 1971, and a Mulgrave East (later Waverley Gardens) office opened in 1978.

From Parish to shire[edit]

On 19 January 1857 the Oakleigh & Mulgrave Road District (an early form of local government in Victoria) was proclaimed, covering the same area as that covered by the parishes of Oakleigh and Mulgrave. On 1 December 1871, the road district was redesignated as a shire and renamed Shire of Oakleigh. On 13 March 1891, the Borough of Oakleigh was created by excising part of Oakleigh Shire, and in 1897 Oakleigh Shire was renamed as Mulgrave Shire.[citation needed]

Reduction of size[edit]

Throughout its history, Mulgrave has been plagued by the shifting of its borders and the reduction of its total size. Its borders remained relatively unchanged until 1949 when land was transferred from Mulgrave Shire to Oakleigh City. This occurred again a decade later with the Shire of Mulgrave now reduced to 23 square miles (60 km2). As a part of the changes, offices for the Shire were opened in present-day Notting Hill.[citation needed]

The end of Mulgrave Shire as a name occurred in April 1961, when it was proclaimed a city but renamed as Waverley. The name nonetheless continues in use as the name of the suburb and of the parish.[citation needed]

Present day[edit]

Mulgrave is one of the few Melbourne suburbs split into two distinct areas, with each sharing the common name but not prefixing it with 'East' or 'West'. This came about as a result of the renaming of parts of Mulgrave to Wheelers Hill, Victoria in the late 1990s. So separated by distance are the two parts that a group local residents from the South Eastern area campaigned, albeit unsuccessfully, in 2004 to have the area renamed to Waverley Park, Victoria.[citation needed]

Mulgrave is now best known for Jacksons Road, which runs through the eastern part of the suburb. Jacksons Road is familiar to many Melburnians due to the Jacksons Road Interchange with the Monash Freeway. The Jacksons Road Interchange is a VicRoads timing point for traffic travelling to/from the city.[5] Jacksons Road is a common point of reference for radio news traffic reports when broadcasting travel times into/from the city travelling on the Monash Freeway. Other major points of interest in Mulgrave are the Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, the Village Green Hotel on the south-west corner of Springvale and Ferntree Gully Roads, the Sunday Mulgrave Farmers' Market on the corner of Jacksons and Wellington Roads, and the former Waverley Park AFL/VFL football ground, now a redeveloped housing estate.


Metropolitan buses run through this area as well as two popular SmartBus routes and the original hourly services. Most of these bus routes are run by Grenda's Bus Services,[6] now Ventura Bus Lines.[7]


The suburb has multiple Australian Rules football teams, The Mulgrave Lions, competing in the local Eastern Football League and the Mazenod Old Collegians FC competing in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.[citation needed]

There is also a Mulgrave Cricket Club and a Mulgrave Junior Cricket Club as well as the Mazenod Cricket Club which both compete in the Eastern Cricket Association. Mulgrave Cricket Club also competes in the southern churches and district association.[citation needed]

The Mulgrave Lions and the Mulgrave Cricket Club share Mulgrave Reserve, off Garnett Road, as their home ground.[1] There is also the St Pauls Cricket Club and the Wellington Tennis Club at Southern Reserve on Police Road, as well as the Mulgrave Country Club Cricket club located at Wellington Reserve.[8]

[2] Mazenod College is located in Mulgrave, and offers a number of sporting clubs through its Old Collegians' Association, which is open to members of the community as well as current and former students.


Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mulgrave (Vic) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Mulgrave Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mulgrave (Vic.)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 1 April 2021
  5. ^ "VicRoads". Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Grenda's Route Services
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  8. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008
  9. ^ "The Premier". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 17 July 2020.