Back in 1852, a man named Josiah Morris Holloway bought several bits of land around the Kingston area. He named one of them Two Acre Village. Josiah divided his land into two different 2 acre lots (that’s around 3 footy fields or 8093.71 square metres) and put a track right down the middle, from north to south. The early village became a place where travellers passed through on the way to the Mornington Peninsula. The little track Josiah made would later become Chesterville Road, which is now used to get to Waves Swimming pool.

Once the Cheltenham railway station opened, lots of people came to build houses and start families in the area. It wasn’t until over 100 years later, in 1958, that Cheltenham was officially recognised as a suburb.

Cheltenham Quick Facts below.

  • The suburb is divided between the City of Kingston (part of central ward) and City of Bayside.
  • Cheltenham is a suburb 19 km south east of Melbourne, and has an area of 10.1 km squared.
  • It has 3 golf courses, 2 cemeteries and a number of parks.
  • Cheltenham is bounded by Bay Road in the north, Charman Road and the Frankston railway line in the east, Weatherall Road, Reserve Road and Cheltenham Road in the south, and the Royal Melbourne Golf Club and George Street in the west.
  • The State electorate Cheltenham is in the Mordialloc District, Sandringham District, and Clarinda District.
  • The Federal electorate Cheltenham is in the Division of Hotham and the Division of Goldstein.

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Name origins

In 1853 the Cheltenham Inn opened, one block from the corner of Centre Dandenong Road. Charles Whorral, the owner, was from Cheltenham in England and named the Inn after his hometown. By 1856 the name of the area had changed from Two Acre Village to Cheltenham. From the 1860s to the 1880s travellers from Brighton to the Mornington Peninsula would change coaches at the Exchange Hotel in Cheltenham.

The opening of the railway station in 1881 led to increased housing growth around Charman Road. Cheltenham was recognised as a suburb in 1958.

Plan of two acre village being portion no.55 parish of Moorabbin rearing south one mile. Vale Collection. Image courtesy State Library of Victoria.


  • Census DatePopulation
  • 19111755
  • 19334067
  • 199619,074
  • 200118,846
  • 200619,523
  • 201120,292
  • 201618.830