On the Frankston line, toward the southern end of Kingston, hop off at Chelsea and you’ll find yourself in a nice long stretch of shops and cafes. Walk away from the beach and picture yourself, 100 years ago, amongst other Chelsea residents having a night out at the cinema (the building’s still there, at 318 Station Street opposite the station). Tucked behind the police station, the Chelsea Library will have you covered for books, movies and music. Or wander west and find yourself gazing out to Port Philip Bay. This is the heart of the popular beachside suburb, initially known as Long Beach (can you guess why?). Long Beach stretched from Mordialloc Creek in Mordialloc to Keast Park in Seaford. This area also included Edithvale, Bonbeach and Carrum.

Chelsea was first surveyed in 1865. Land was then offered up for sale and Chelsea began its life. Residents started plugging away at their market gardens and farms. From 1905 to 1910, beachside blocks sold cheaply, but house prices started their climb soon after. After World War II ended in 1945, families searched for cheap housing and they found an affordable and desirable spot in Chelsea.

Let’s look at some Chelsea quick facts:

  • Chelsea is bounded by Craigie Avenue, Elsie Grove, Randall Avenue, and Famechon Road in the North, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands and the secondary drain in the East, an alignment to the south of Bicentennial Park, Glenbrook Avenue, Golden Avenue, the Nepean Highway and Shenfield Avenue in the South and Port Phillip Bay in the West.
  • Chelsea is 3 km2 and 30 km from Melbourne
  • The State electorate Chelsea is in the District of Mordialloc.
  • The Federal electorate for Chelsea is the Division of Isaacs.

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Name origins

Chelsea was named after Chelsea in England, which was the birthplace of Bertha Black's mother. She was a local pioneer farmer. Bertha’s mother went to school with the Minister of Railways, Sir Thomas Bent. They were long-time friends.

One of the first selectors was Henry Wells, whom Wells Road is named after. Another was Mark Foy who had land between what is now Embankment Grove and Argyle Avenue. Mark Foy was a businessman who established Foy’s department store. The first store was built in Smith Street, Collingwood. It is one of Australia’s earliest department store chains.

Chelsea was formally established when the railway station was opened in 1907.

Foy & Gibson, Smith Street, Collingwood c. 1906. Image courtesy State Library of Victoria. Shirley Jones Collection of Victorian Postcards.


The figures below are for Chelsea - suburb. Previously figures were collected for Chelsea - City.

  • Census DatePopulation
  • 20016,176
  • 20066404
  • 20116,622
  • 20167,753