Highett started out as a farming settlement in the mid-1800s (that would’ve been around about when our great-great-great-great grandparents lived.) Highett really started to explode, as in the cases of a lot our Kingston suburbs, with the arrival of trains. People could then arrive in bunches instead of a person here or there on a horse or cart. Highett started off slowly, as farming towns do, but once Highett station opened in 1881 the population began to boom.

It took until 1950 for things to really start cooking in the area. In 1950 there were only 9 stores throughout the whole suburb, but by 1960, there were 100 stores. Southland opened in 1968. Today there are around 517 businesses registered in the bustling suburb of Highett.

Here are your Highett quick facts:

  • Highett is spread over two councils – the City of Kingston and the City of Bayside.
  • It was officially recognised as a suburb between 1974-1976.
  • Highett has an area of 3.9 km squared.
  • Highett is bounded by Wickham Road in the North; the Frankston Railway line in the East; Bay Road in the South and Bluff Road in the West.
  • The State electorate for Highett is the Sandringham District.
  • The Federal electorates for Highett are the Division of Goldstein and the Division of Hotham.

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Name origins

Nobody knows exactly where Highett got its name, although there are two good guesses. In 1836, there are records of a man working as a grazier and a drover in the area named John Highett. (What’s a grazier or a drover I hear you ask? A grazier is a specific type of farmer that fattens up cattle or sheep for market, whereas a drover would ‘drive’ the cattle a long distance.) Access Victorian Places. It would make sense to assume that Mr. Highett is where ‘Highett’ comes from, but to confuse things, in 1850 a politician named William Highett also lived in the area.

So which of these Highett’s is our Highett? Both, perhaps? Some places are named after one person or another but sometimes they can be named after whole families who are important in the area, so your guess is as good as mine!

The first use of the name was Highetts Road which was also the name of the railway station when it opened in 1881. It was shorted to Highett in 1887. It was recognised as a suburb by 1976.

Hon. William Highett M.L.C. [picture] / T. F. Chuck. Image courtesy State Library of Victoria.


Please note that the figure for 2016 includes the part of Highett that is in the City of Kingston 3,455 + the section of Highett which is in Bayside is 6,999 a total of 10,454.

  • Census DatePopulation
  • 1911169
  • 1933924
  • 19968423
  • 20019201
  • 20069402
  • 201110,263
  • 201610,454