Historical Towns Directory

By clicking on a state or territory on the map, you can access a regional guide to Australia's historic towns, including a wealth of information about organizations, museums and locations.

We invite organisations to submit information for inclusion on this site. Please click here to email your information to the Directory Editor, Ros Stirling.



Settlement of the Malvern area began in 1837 when John Gardiner took up a grazing run near the creek that later came to bear his name.

Crown land was first sold in 1840 and in 1854 land was made available for purchase in the Gardiner township. The Gardiner District Road Board was formed in 1856 and became the Gardiner Shire Council in 1871.

Gardiner became Malvern in 1878 and the following year a rail service to Malvern Station began. The current railway station was completed in 1914.

The foundation stone of the Shire Hall was laid in 1885 and the official opening of the completed building took place in 1886. Additions and extensions of the Town Hall were later undertaken.

In 1890 the Stonnington mansion was constructed by John Wagner, a proprietor of Cobb and Co coaches. From 1901 to 1931 the building was used as the residence of seven Governors of Victoria.

Malvern was proclaimed a City in 1911. In 1994 the City of Malvern became part of the City of Stonnington, which is comprised of the suburbs of Armadale, Glen Iris, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak and Windsor.

Malvern Historical Society Inc
Information: The Society collects and preserves history relating to the area formerly known as the City of Malvern and the area now known as the City of Stonnington. Founded 1972.
Publications: Stonnington History News (combined newsletter).
Contact: Jane (Vice President)
Phone: 0438 515 631

PO Box 184
Malvern VIC 3144

Email: malvernhistorical@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~malvern
Stonnington Archives
Information: A large collection of photographs, maps, council correspondence etc. Websites allow excellent access to collection.
Phone: 03 8290 1360

PO Box 21
Prahran VIC 3181

Website: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~malvern



Index of all
Australian Heritage articles