Moorabbin was settled by the King Brothers, John and Richard, in 1846. It would grow to be one of the most diverse suburbs in Kingston. For a long time Moorabbin produced most of the fruit, vegetables and poultry for the whole of Melbourne. Moorabbin East was an industrial area with companies like Phillip Morris, Schweppes and Coca-Cola setting up on the sandy soil. Between 1947-1954 the population more than doubled, reaching 65,000. Moorabbin became one of the fastest growing cities in Australia in the 1950’s.

Moorabbin’s flat ground was also good for airfields. Moorabbin Airport opened in December 1949 and in 1989 was renamed Moorabbin (Harry Hawker) Airport, after pioneering Australian aviator Harry George Hawker. It became Melbourne’s second general airport and during the 1960s was the busiest airport in Australia, with high numbers of small and medium-sized planes. Moorabbin Airport is home to the Australian National Aviation Museum.

Some Moorabbin quick facts have landed below:

  • The boundaries of Moorabbin are South Road in the North, Warrigal Road in the East, Keys Road and Wickham Road in the South, with the Frankston Railway line and the Nepean Highway in the West.
  • Moorabbin has an area of 4.6 Kilometres squared.
  • Moorabbin was a Municipality, (a City) between 1871-1994.
  • The State electorate for Moorabbin is the Bentleigh District.
  • The Federal electorate is the Hotham Division.

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Name origins

Would you know which Kingston suburb I’m talking about if I said ‘the resting place’? Perhaps not – I’ll give you a clue. The Aboriginal word for ‘resting place’ is Moorooboon. The word also translates as ‘mother’s milk’ and it’s believed this place may have been where the Boon Wurring tribes’ mothers and children stayed while the men were away. The area had lots of different food sources such as frogs, rats, snakes, and wild birds like ducks, fowls and parrots.

In 1842, Jonathan Binns Were, a shipping agent for Henry Dendy, named his fancy new stone house Moorabbin House. This led to the suburb being called Moorabbin. There are some lovely reserves pocketed away in Moorabbin that could still serve as a nice ‘moorooboon’ today.

On the 16th of May 1862 the Moorabbin Road District was incorporated covering from the outskirts of Brighton on the South East along both sides of Nepean Road as far as Mordialloc Creek . This took in the areas known now as Hampton, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Mentone. Moorabbin became a Shire on the 27th of January 1871. Until 1909 Moorabbin township was known as South Brighton. On October 10 1934, the City Moorabbin was created. After World War Two it became a boom suburb making it one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

On the 15th of December 1994, the City of Moorabbin was abolished, and was split three ways; most of it merged with the Cities of Mordialloc, Chelsea and parts of Springvale, to become the newly created City of Kingston; Bentleigh was transferred into the newly created City of Glen Eira; and a part of the City of Moorabbin between the railway and Charman Road was transferred into the newly created City of Bayside.

Aerial view Moorabbin Juntion. Image courtesy City of Kingston.


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