Tootgarook, Victoria

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Tootgarook is located in Melbourne
Coordinates38°22′26″S 144°50′56″E / 38.374°S 144.849°E / -38.374; 144.849Coordinates: 38°22′26″S 144°50′56″E / 38.374°S 144.849°E / -38.374; 144.849
Population2,869 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density797/km2 (2,064/sq mi)
Area3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s)Nepean
Federal Division(s)Flinders
Suburbs around Tootgarook:
Port Phillip
Rye Tootgarook Rosebud West
Cape Schanck Boneo

Tootgarook is a suburb of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula in Boonwurrung Country, located approximately eighty kilometres (50 mi) from Melbourne’s central business district, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.


The name Tootgarook was retained by J. Purves as the name of their pre-emptive right, and was taken from the Tootgarook swamp,[5][6] the town is named from J. Purves pastoral run established adjacent to the west of the swamp. A Tootgarook Post Office opened in 1858 and was renamed Rye in 1870. A later Tootgarook Post Office opened on 3 April 1956 when some development took place in the suburb, and closed in 1987[7] Tootgarook means "Croaking of frogs".[8]


In the same suburb, but extending to neighbouring suburbs, is the Tootgarook Wetland. This wetland is about 300 hectares in size and supports many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.[citation needed] Most of the wetland is in private ownership and some is vulnerable to development.[citation needed]

The local school in the area is Tootgarook Primary School, which currently[when?] has 203 students.[9]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tootgarook (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Advertising". The Argus (Melbourne). II (463). Victoria, Australia. 9 May 1850. p. 4. Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) , ...COUNTY OF MORNINGTON. / No. | NAME. | EXTENT OF RUN. | NAME OF RUN. | SITUATION. / 17 | Smith, George | 20 Square miles | Tootgarook . . | Port Phillip Bay...
  3. ^ "The Smiths Of Early Melbourne". The Australasian. CXXXI (4, 313). Victoria, Australia. 5 September 1931. p. 4. Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link), ... and being interested in Tootgarook (Dromana) with Edward William Hobson. he married the widow of Dr. Edmond Charles Hobson in 1849...
  4. ^ "Pastoral Pioneers". The Australasian. CXL (4, 558). Victoria, Australia. 16 May 1936. p. 4 (METROPOLITAN EDITION). Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link), ...Mrs. Waterfield was a sister of James Purves, who in association with George Smith, of the Lamb Inn, afterwards Scott's Hotel, and Edward Hobson, of Kangarong and Tootgarook, did much for the early stock-breeding industry of Port Phillip, particularly light horses...
  5. ^ The Victorian Naturalist (1928-1929) Kitchen Middens by R.A. Keble
  6. ^ "Recent Auction Sales". South Bourke And Mornington Journal. X (28). Victoria, Australia. 3 October 1877. p. 3 (MORNING.). Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link), ...On the following day a much larger and more important sale was conducted on the station of J. Purves, Esq., between Dromana and the pretty little village of Rye, and known as Tootgarook; why or how this remarkable title originated we could not ascertain, further than that its origin is native, and, as we believe a clever native lawyer, and a member of the present Parliament of Victoria was born in the locality, we shall not enquire further. At Tootgarook, which, at this late date in the history of Victoria, is not famous for a very imposing homestead-or indeed in any building that does not require demolishing and rebuilding...
  7. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 14 March 2021
  8. ^ Page 198, The Victorian Historical Magazine, Volumes 28-29, Published:1955, ...Tootgarook, a native name which meant croaking of frogs,..
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