Frankston South is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 43 km south-east of Melbourne city centre.
- Area:14.56 km2
- Elevation:96 m
- Local Government Area:Frankston City Council
Frankston South is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 43 km south-east of Melbourne city centre. Its local government area is the City of Frankston. According to the 2006 Census, Frankston South had a population of 17,360.
Sharing the same postcode as Frankston (3199), it is a separate suburb.
After the foundation of Melbourne in 1835, John Davey and his son James took up a land holding in the area in 1846, which extended from Olivers Hill (in the beginnings of what is now Frankston South) to Daveys Bay (in what is now the neighbouring suburb of Mount Eliza). Thomas McComb, who arrived at Frankston in 1852, purchased land from what is now the Frankston Central Business District (CBD) to the south-east in what is now Frankston South, in 1854. Davey's and McComb's land was subdivided and now forms much of the suburb of Frankston South.
The first temporary post office in Frankston South opened in 1934 to service the first Australian Scout Jamboree. The first permanent post office opened on 27 October 1958. From the 1980s, the current post office has been located in a small general store close to where the first Jamboree took place, on the intersection of Overport Road and Yuille Street.
Following the arrival of the railway line in 1882, the Frankston area developed into a popular seaside resort and playground for Melbourne's affluent, with some developing large holiday properties in the area of Frankston South, many of which still stand today.
## 1935 Scout Jamboree
Frankston South was the site of the first Australian Scout Jamboree, in 1935, which was attended by the founder of the Scouting movement, Sir Robert Baden-Powell. The site was chosen for its proximity to the town of Frankston, distance from Melbourne and its relatively unspoilt natural areas as well as access to the beach.Several streets in Frankston South are named after the event (Baden Powell Drive being the most prominent). The original grandstand used for the jamboree remained a historic landmark at Frankston Park for 72 years, until it was destroyed by fire on 12 February 2008.
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