Malvern is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Stonnington local government area.
- Area:2.915 km2
- Elevation:61 m
- Local Government Area:Stonnington City Council
Malvern is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Stonnington local government area. Malvern recorded a population of 10,066 at the 2016 Census.
The area of Malvern was first settled by Europeans in 1835.
John Gardiner was one of its first European settlers. A small hamlet known as "Gardiners Creek" (1851 Melbourne Postal Directory) was settled, but it diminished with the gold rush. The nearby creek was also named Gardiners Creek. Gardiners Creek Road ran from South Yarra, east to the junction of Gardiners Creek and onto the Gardiner Homestead, which is now the site of Scotch College.
In the 1860s the Gardiners Creek Roads Board was the forerunner of the Gardiners Creek Shire that then became Malvern Council.
Malvern Post Office opened on 1 January 1860 on Glenferrie Road, near Malvern Road. In 1892 this was renamed Malvern North when a new Malvern office on Glenferrie Road, near Wattletree Road, replaced the Malvern railway station office.The then shire hall was built in 1886, on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street and later extended.
Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust ran their first car out of Malvern depot on 30 May 1910.
Malvern is the original home of Malvern Star, once Australia's largest and most well-known bicycle manufacturer.
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The main shopping attraction is Malvern Central, home to David Jones, Woolworths and BWS as well as forty other stores, mostly fashion stores like Cotton On Kids. Glenferrie Road is also Malvern's main shopping attraction, which has shops like Coles, Dan Murphy's, several bookstores including Readings and Jeffrey's, several banks including National Australia Bank, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Bank of Melbourne, as well as a wide variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques.
There are several Victorian parks and gardens in Malvern, including Malvern Gardens, in Spring Road. This park has a beautiful fountain which was built on the site of a natural spring.The water used to flow naturally, but as the land was developed, the water feeding the spring was interrupted, and the fountain is now run by electricity.
The Malvern Town Hall, in the Second Empire style, is where the Stonnington City Council meets and is opposite the corporate headquarters known as the Stonnington City Centre, which is also home to the Malvern Police Station and the Stonnington Council.
Significant heritage buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register include Stonington mansion (1890), Malvern tram depot, the former ES&A Bank and Malvern railway station.
Other significant buildings include St Joseph's Parish Church and De La Salle College tower building. There is also an Anglican parish church dedicated to St George and the Malvern Presbyterian Church.
The Malvern Police Station is located at 288 Glenferrie Road opposite the new Stonnington council building and next to the town hall. Malvern Police Station was the first Station in the state to receive the new Ford Ranger Divisional Van. Malvern Police Station is also home to Protective Service Officers with the Transit Division.