Cheltenham, Victoria

Cheltenham, Victoria
City of Kingston Headquarters.jpg
The City of Kingston Headquarters on Nepean Highway, Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is located in Melbourne
Population: 19,523 (2006) [1]
Established: 1854
Postcode: 3192
Area: 10.1 km² (3.9 sq mi)
Location: 19 km (12 mi) from Melbourne
State District: Sandringham, Mordialloc
Federal Division: Hotham, Goldstein, Isaacs
Suburbs around Cheltenham:
Highett Highett Moorabbin
Sandringham Cheltenham Heatherton
Black Rock Beaumaris Mentone

Cheltenham is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 19 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district.[2] Its Local Government Area is the City of Kingston to the eastern side of the area's metropolitan railway line and Charman Road north, while the City of Bayside resides over the suburb's western region towards extensive golf links, parks and Port Phillip Bay. As of the 2006 Census, Cheltenham had a population of 19,526.



Cheltenham includes one of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin developed by Josiah Holloway from 1852. Named Two Acre Village lots were sold between 1853 and 1854 and the township was renamed Cheltenham.[3] Sufficient population had settled for Cheltenham Post Office to open on 1 August 1857, although the major growth of the township was in the 1880s.[4]

Much of the residential development was built in the 1940s and continued into the 1980s. Cheltenham also has a large industrial area on the eastern edge and a smaller area at the far western edge. The western area is noted for Melbourne's only lift test shaft.

In 1993, the landmark 7-storey 1230 Nepean Highway office tower was built. The City of Kingston leased spaced within the building for use as its main office before purchasing it in 2010[5].


The Kingston centre is a large aged care and rehabilitation facility which opened on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, in 1911 as the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum.[6] It was known as the Cheltenham Home and Hospital for the Aged from 1965 through to 1970, before it was renamed to its present day name, the Kingston Centre.[7] The Heatherton Sanatorium with its entrance on Kingston Road (Heatherton, Victoria) is a now defunct sanatorium located behind the Kingston Centre and it operated for nearly 85 years, before it was closed in 1998.[8] The Kingston Centre is currently undergoing a $46.3-million redevelopment.[9]


There are six schools in the suburb of Cheltenham. Five of which focuses on Primary education with the remaining one focusing on Secondary education. They are:

  • Cheltenham Secondary College - opened 1959[10]
  • Cheltenham Primary School - opened 1855 [11]
  • Cheltenham East Primary School - opened 1960 [12]
  • Le Page Primary School - opened 1994 [13]
  • Kingston Heath Primary School - opened 1976 [14]
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School - opened 1951 [15]

Le Page Primary School was formed as a result of the merger of former primary schools 'Cheltenham Heights Primary School' and 'Cheltenham North Primary School' in 1994.[16]

The Cheltenham Community and Education Centre is located at 8 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham. They offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, courses, childcare facilities and workshops.


The playing grounds for football team Bentleigh Greens, at the Kingston Heath Soccer Complex in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham is home to some great sporting facilities and clubs. Sports played in the area include golf, cricket, Australian Rules football and swimming. There are a number of golf courses in Cheltenham; Cheltenham Golf Club on Victor Avenue,[17] Sandringham Municipal Golf Links on Cheltenham Road,[18] and the Victoria Golf Club on Park Road [19]

The suburb has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Southern Football League.[20]

Cheltenham Football and Cricket Clubs are based in Weatherall Road. The Cricket Club was established in 1872, originally in the Frankston-Glenhuntly Cricket Association, and migrating to the Federal District Cricket Association where the junior sides still play. The four senior sides now play in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.

The most famous son of Cheltenham Cricket & Football Clubs is Trevor Barker, who went on to play Australian Rules Football for the St. Kilda Club. Trevor, also a talented cricketer won his only Premiership with Cheltenham Cricket Club as an under 16. His father Jack coached the side.


Westfield Southland along Nepean Highway, Cheltenham.

Cheltenham is home to the super regional shopping centre Westfield Southland, located in the northern part of Cheltenham. The centre was opened in 1968 and it featured a couple of stores. Since its opening, the shopping centre has been continually expanded over the years resulting in a multi-level retail bridge across Nepean Highway to a newer site. Southland now features up to 410 stores including 3 department stores, 3 discount department stores, 3 supermarkets, 3 electrical retailers and a 16 screen Village Cinemas Multiplex (movie theatre).[21]

Many new retail outlets have popped up in Cheltenham in recent years, most notably the DFO Moorabbin. DFO was originally built in 1992 as Fairways Market,[22] and it is a large centre that contains up to 135 stores, mainly fashion outlets.[23]

Kingston Central Plaza adjacent to DFO is also a new shopping precinct, which opened in 2008 and has 10 stores including: The Good Guys, Aldi and Sam's Warehouse.[24]

Cheltenham Shopping centre is located in the heart of Cheltenham, on Charman Road. It is a large shopping strip that has a mixture of retail, residential buildings and offices.[25]

Places of worship

There are a number of religious organisations and places of worship in Cheltenham, including Anglican, Church of Christ, Uniting, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian churches.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic church.


The Cheltenham Pioneers Cemetery is located in Charman Road, next to the railway station, and was established in October 1864. The cemetery has many of Cheltenham's most distinguished inhabitants. There are also many memorials to some of Cheltenham's youngest inhabitants, such as the many unnamed babies from the nearby Children's Home (the site is now occupied by Westfield Southland Shopping centre) who died as a result of disease early in the last century.[26]

Most burials now take place at the Cheltenham Memorial Park, located on Reserve Road, which was established in 1933.[27]


Cheltenham railway station is located on the Frankston line, at Charman Road. Bus routes also service the suburb, mainly focusing on the large Westfield Southland Shopping centre complex, Warrigal Road (Highway) to the far east, Park Road to the north and Centre Dandenong Road around the suburb's geographic centre.

Library services

City of Kingston Library service, Cheltenham.

The Cheltenham branch of the City of Kingston Library is located 12 Stanley Avenue, Cheltenham.[28]

Activity Centres

Cheltenham Major Activity Centre

Cheltenham is one of 82 higher order Major Activity Centres[29] identified by the Melbourne 2030 growth planning policy. Although the growth planning policy was scrapped by the Victorian coalition government in April 2011, some elements of the policy still remain, including activity centres.[30][31] Development of Cheltenham's Major Activity Centre, which is within 400m of Cheltenham railway station, is to be completed by 2030.[32]

Developments for the activity centre include:[29]

Cheltenham railway station
A new station forecourt, with a terraced plaza (to address the heritage listed buildings at the station) and a new taxi rank. A pedestrian underpass (similar to that of Mentone station) is to link both platforms, as well as link Cheltenham Park and the activity centre. A four-storey car park will be located on Park Road.
Cheltenham Plaza Road
Refurbishment; new pedestrian safety; new toilet facilities; car spaces.
"Cheltenham Central"
Refurbishment of the three–level car park between Station Road, Cheltenham Plaza and Railway Road.
"Quest Cheltenham"
The Quest Cheltenham apartments complex opened on 24 January 2011, with approximately 50 rooms,[33] on 7–storeys (with two basement floors).[34]
Landmark towers
A twin apartment complex will be built on the former Arnos site adjacent to the City of Kingston headquarters.[35] One building will be eight-stories, with the adjacent to be nine. The entire complex will comprise of 190 apartments, four showrooms, offices, a cafe and have an extra 227 car–spaces. The project will be completed by 2013.[36][35]
"The Fore"
The Fore is a 4–storey apartment complex that will be located on Charman Road, and will contain 43 apartments. Construction is set to begin in August 2011 and the project be completed by late 2012.[37]
"The Point"
A 6–8-storey commercial building planned as a "unique gateway" to the Activity Centre located on the Charman Road-Nepean Highway intersection.

Southland Principal Activity Centre

Southland is one of 28 Principal Activity Centre's located adjacent to the Highett Activity Centre and the Cheltenham Activity Centre. The activity centre's main focal point is Westfield Southland shopping complex.

The activity centre is to feature:[38][29][39]

"Southland railway station"
A $13-million Premium station will be built at Westfield Southland. This was a pledge made by both parties of the Victorian Government in late November 2010. The train station is expected to be completed by 2014.[40]
Office tower
An office tower to be built on the west-side of Westfield Southland.
Fueltown/Red Rooster
Residential buildings to replace Fueltown and former Red Rooster store. This will provide an 'improved' gateway into the Southland/Cheltenham CBD.[41]
Increased floor area
An increase in the retail floor area at Westfield Southland by more than 1,500 m².

See also

The Nepean Highway Australian State Route 3.svg and Charman Road intersection in Cheltenham.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cheltenham (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
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  3. ^ Kingston Local History, Josiah Holloway,, retrieved 2008-10-22 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List,, retrieved 2008-04-11 
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  10. ^ Australian Graduate: Cheltenham Secondary
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  12. ^ Cheltenham East: Overview
  13. ^ LePage: About Our School
  14. ^ Kingston Heath primary School facilities
  15. ^ OLA Cheltenham profile
  16. ^ LePage: About Our School History
  17. ^ Golf Select, Cheltenham,, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  18. ^ Golf Select, Sandringham,, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  19. ^ Golf Select, Victoria,, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  20. ^ Full Point Footy, Southern Football League,, retrieved 2008-10-21 
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  23. ^ DFO Moorabbin - CFSGAM Portfolio
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  25. ^ Kingston Business
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  30. ^ "About-face on plans to transform favourite shopping strips", Herald Sun, 16 March, 2011, pg 25.
  31. ^ "Man with a plan", The Age, June 24, 2011
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  35. ^ a b Moorabbin Leader: "Landmark Towers"
  36. ^ Cheltenham to become apartment city Moorabbin Leader: "Cheltenham to become Apartment City
  37. ^ Moorabbin Leader: "Apartment complex for Cheltenham"
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  40. ^ Bayside Leader: Both parties promise Southland train station
  41. ^ Moorabbin-Kingston Leader: Move on derelict Cheltenham site]

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