Kingston Quick Facts

  • Kingston was formed in December 1994, after State Government reorganised the local government boundaries
  • 22 Suburbs
  • Landscape – Beaches, bush and wetlands. Kingston is home to 190 Boatsheds and Bathing Boxes on 6 km of sand from Aspendale to Bonbeach.
  • Area – 91.5821 square kms
  • Latitude – 37.37313, Longitude 143.954
  • Population – 2016 Census – 151,389, 2017 estimated population 161,089.
  • Population density – 17.64 persons per hectare
  • People from 150 countries, speaking over 120 languages
  • The three largest ancestries in Kingston are English, Australian and Irish
  • The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the City of Kingston is India
  • 46% of Kingston is residential
  • Large industrial centre
  • 23 Primary schools
  • 6 Secondary schools
  • 1 TAFE campus
  • State Electorates – Bentleigh, Carrum, Clarinda, Keysborough, Mordialloc, Sandringham
  • Federal Division – Chisholm, Hotham, Issacs
  • The City of Kingston is divided into three wards. North Ward includes Highett, Moorabbin, Oakleigh South, Clayton South, Clarinda, Heatherton and Dingley Village. Central Ward includes Cheltenham, Mentone, Parkdale, Moorabbin Airport, Mordialloc and Braeside. South Ward includes Aspendale, Waterways, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Bonbeach, Carrum and Patterson Lakes.
  • Each of the 3 wards has 3 Councillors making a total of 9 Councillors. The City of Kingston Website.
  • Kingston is bounded by the City of Monash and the City of Glen Eira in the north, Greater Dandenong in the east, Eel Race Drain in the south, Port Phillip Bay in the south-west with the Frankston Railway Line and Charman Road in the west.

Aspendale Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Elijah Crook purchased land from an early settler that was to become Aspendale.
  • Origin of the Name: On 14 April 1891, James Robert Crooke opened Aspendale Park Racecourse on his father’s property just east of the present railway station. He named it after his champion racehorse, Aspen.
  • Current Population: 6,948

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Aspendale Gardens Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Settlement began in the mid 1800s with farming in the area.
  • Origin of the Name: This led to the suburb name Aspendale from which Aspendale Gardens was named.
  • Current Population: 6,522

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Bonbeach Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Bonbeach is a beachside suburb with a residential area that grew after World War 2.
  • Origin of the Name: Bonbeach was named by the Department of Railways in 1926 following a referendum to choose a name. Other names considered were Bondi (denied due to Bondi in Sydney), Baybeach, Beachside, Heathdale, and Bonheath .
  • Current Population: 6,412

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Braeside Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Built on the former Carrum swamp which was drained and made into farmland from 1868.
  • Origin of the Name: The area was named after a farm called Braeside, owned by the Keys family.
  • Current Population: Not recorded. The poulation is mainly workers coming into the area.

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Carrum Quick Facts

  • Year Established: The Carrum swamp was made habitable by the Patterson Cut in 1879 which created the Patterson River.
  • Origin of the Name: The area is named after Carrum Carrum Swamp which stretched from Mordialloc to Seaford. It is thought that the name Carrum is from the Boonwurrung word for boomerang. The long ribbon of sandy beach was thought to be shaped vaguely like a boomerang.
  • Current Population: 3,988

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Chelsea Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Chelsea was formally established when the railway station was opened in 1907
  • Origin of the Name: Chelsea was named after Chelsea in England.
  • Current Population: 7,753

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Chelsea Heights Quick Facts

  • Year Established: The area was mainly used for grazing from the 1850s. Land was subdivided in 1912 to form Chelsea Heights.
  • Origin of the Name: The name is related to Chelsea, which was named after Chelsea, England.
  • Current Population: 5,327

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Cheltenham Quick Facts

  • Year Established: In 1852 man named Josiah Morris Holloway bought several bits of land around the Kingston area. He named one of them Two Acre Village..
  • Origin of the Name: The Cheltenham Inn opened in 1853 it's owner Charles Whorral was from Cheltenham in England. By 1856 everyone called the area Cheltenham.
  • Current Population: 18,830

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Clarinda Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Founded Clarinda was first settled by John O’ Shannessy in the 1840s, who had a squatting licence for a 40,000 block.
  • Origin of the Name: In 1912, the name was changed to Clarinda. One theory is that the name came from one of the many Scottish settlers. Clarinda was the name of a lady friend of the famous Scottish poet, Robbie Burns, Mrs Clarinda McLehose. He did write a poem called "Clarinda, Mistress of my Soul". Les Blake, in his book 'Place Names of Victoria', suggested that it was named after the American town, Clarinda, in Iowa. Jesse James frequently went through the town
  • Current Population: 7,943

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Clayton South Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Clayton South was first settled by John O’ Shannessy in the 1840s. He had a squatting licence for a 40,000 acre block (160 km squared).
  • Origin of the Name: Clayton South is named after Melbourne solicitor John Hughes Clayton who lived on a rural block called Clayton Vale on the south-eastern corner of Clayton and Centre roads between 1865 and 1877.
  • Current Population: 12,652

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Dingley Village Quick Facts

  • Year Established: In 1856, Thomas Attenborough and his sister Mary built one of the first homes in Dingley Village.
  • Origin of the Name: Thomas Attenborough named his house Dingley Grange, after Dingley Hall, in Northumberland, England, where he had lived. The name Dingley comes from two Anglo Saxon words. Dingle meaning a deep valley or dell, with trees, and Lea a clearing or a pasture.
  • Current Population: 10,279

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Edithvale Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Farming from the 1850s. Edithvale became a suburb on the 01/07/1999. Previously, it had been part of Aspendale and Chelsea.
  • Origin of the Name: Named after Edithvale Road, which derived its name from Edithvale Farm, a property established in the 1850s and owned by John and Edith Greaves. John named the farm after his wife Edith.
  • Current Population: 5,798

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Heatherton Quick Facts

  • Year Established: The area was first known as Kingstown or King’s Town and then Kingston named after the King brothers John and Richard King who bought land in Centre Dandenong Rd in 1846 to become Market Gardeners. The brothers called their holdings Kingsland
  • Origin of the Name: In 1877, Mrs Mary Hotton, the first Post Mistress, changed the name from Kingston to Heatherton. The name came from local plants which were similar to Heather.
  • Current Population: 3,062

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Highett Quick Facts

  • Year Established: The settlement of Highett began in the mid 1800s, with the land mainly used for farming and market gardening.
  • Origin of the Name: Highett is thought to be named after either John Highett (a stockman in c.1836) or William Highett (a politician and local land owner c.1850).
  • Current Population: 10,454

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Mentone Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Mentone was first known as Dover Slopes. Alexander Balcombe leased the land in the 1850s to rest his cattle on the way to market in Melbourne. When the railway opened in 1881, the station was named after him; Balcombe station.
  • Origin of the Name: In 1883, the land was bought by a company led by Matthew Davies and his brother Joseph. They named their estate Mentone, after a resort, Menton, on the Italian Riviera.
  • Current Population: 12,967

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Moorabbin Quick Facts

  • Year Established: The area we know as Moorabbin today was settled by the King brothers John and Richard in 1846. South Brighton was the first name given to the area.
  • Origin of the Name: The name Moorabbin is thought to have come from an Aboriginal word (Moorooboon or Mooroobin) meaning mother's milk or “resting place”. It may have been a place where mothers and children stayed while the Boon wurrung tribes’ men were away
  • Current Population: 6,244

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Moorabbin Airport Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Land was bought in 1946 and the airport opened in December 1949.
  • Origin of the Name: The Airport was originally going to be called Mentone Airport. This was changed because there was a French Airport called Menton. Cheltenham was not used as there is an Airport in the U.K. Gloucester/Cheltenham. The Airport was renamed on the 22nd January, 1989 the Moorabbin "Harry Hawker" Airport. The date would have been Harry's 100th birthday.
  • Current Population: 0

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Mordialloc Quick Facts

  • Year Established: In 1837 there was a settler's farm called Moodi Yallo and the 1841 census used the name Moode Yallock. A painter named Georgiana McCrae wrote of visiting Mordy Yallock in 1844.
  • Origin of the Name: The name is thought to have come from two Indigenous words Mood meaning creek or Marida meaning near little sea.
  • Current Population: 8,229

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Oakleigh South Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Made up of swamp land the area was first used for market gardening and grazing.
  • Origin of the Name: There are three theories on the naming of Oakleigh. The first theory is that it came from the she-oaks that grew near Scotchman’s Creek. The second theory is the name is borrowed from Oakleigh Park, an estate in England. The third theory maintains that it was named after Mrs Oakley, who was an early settler.
  • Current Population: 4,168

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Parkdale Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Settled in the mid 1850 with the land used for farming. Parkdale did not become a suburb untill 1999. Previously it was divided between Mentone and Mordialloc.
  • Origin of the Name: A names was sought for the new station in 1919. The Railway Board choose Parkdale named aftera a early homesteader William Parker.
  • Current Population: 11,753

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Patterson Lakes Quick Facts

  • Year Established: Patterson Lakes was first settled in the late 1800s, however it wasn’t until the 1970s that the population began to grow.
  • Origin of the Name: Patterson Lakes and the rivergot their name from the Hon. James Brown Patterson, a State Parliamentarian in the 1880s and Minister for works when the Patterson River was created.
  • Current Population: 7,579

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Waterways Quick Facts

  • Year Established: In 2000, construction began in the housing estate that would become Waterways.unded
  • Origin of the Name: The name describes the area which is made up of man made wetlands and lakes, in the middle of the residential estate.
  • Current Population: 2,453

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