The City of Stonnington is a Local Government Area located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It comprises the inner south-eastern suburbs, between 3 and 13 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The city covers an area of 25.6 square kilometres and includes the suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor, Toorak, Armadale, Kooyong, Glen Iris, Malvern and Malvern East.
Within 20 years of the settlement of Melbourne in 1835, the Prahran Road Board (later City of Prahran) was formed in 1855, followed by the Gardiner Road Board (later City of Malvern) in 1856. The late 19th century saw substantial residential and commercial development such that by 1891 Prahran had a population of almost 40,000 and Malvern 11,000. The election of the Kennett government in the Spring of 1992 heralded a comprehensive reorganisation of local government in Victoria and brought about the amalgamation of the Cities of Malvern and Prahran to form the City of Stonnington. The Malvern Town Hall was renamed the Stonnington City Centre and it became the corporate headquarters of the new Stonnington City Council.
The name Stonnington comes from Stonington mansion, the Charles D'Ebro designed mansion built in 1890 for a founding partner of Cobb and Co, John Wagner, who named the house after his wife’s birthplace in Stonington (sic), Connecticut, USA. The house is located in Glenferrie Road, Malvern.
The city had a diverse (27% born overseas) population of 89,883 at the 2006 census, with a higher proportion of 18 to 34 year olds than the Melbourne average. The population are also greater users of public transport which provides a comprehensive service to the city.
The establishment of European settlers in what was then the Port Phillip District of New South Wales in 1835, was soon followed by pastoralist John Gardiner, together with Joseph Hawdon and John Hepburn, driving cattle south from Yass to Kooyong Koot (later named Gardiner's) Creek, in the area now known as Malvern, and establishing a homestead and grazing property.
The year 1840 was the beginning of Crown land auctions of land to the east of Melbourne and south of the Yarra River and Gardiners Creek. The high ground between Gardiner's Creek Road (now Toorak Road) and the river returned the best prices and it was here that most of the grand mansions of the period were built. Much of the land south of Toorak Road was swampy. This area was subdivided into much smaller blocks for workman's cottages and later to house gold-rush immigrants. The distinction between the two areas remains today in the suburbs of Toorak and South Yarra. Further auctions of land in the Prahran area took place in 1849 and 1850.
The early 1850s saw the return of many miners from the gold diggings to Prahran resulting in increased development and the gazetting as a municipality in 1855. The population of Prahran at the time of the first council elections was about 8,000. Meanwhile, Government land sales within the area bounded by Kooyong Road, Gardiners Creek and Wattletree Road were held in 1854 and a small settlement grew around Malvern and Glenferrie Roads. The area known as Gardiner (later Malvern) was proclaimed a Roads Board District in 1856 and became a municipality in 1871, taking the name Malvern in 1878.
The 1880s and 1890s saw substantial residential and commercial development in the City of Prahran such that by 1891 Prahran had a population of almost 40,000. The development of Malvern followed from 1900 onwards and by 1921 Malvern's population was almost 33,000.
The western part of the city, around South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor were originally part of the River Yarra flood plain and much of the area was covered by swamps, bogs and creeks formed from the run-off from the Malvern Hills to the East. The Albert Park Lake to the west is a remnant of the original flood plain.
The City of Stonnington is bounded by the Yarra River and Gardiners Creek to the north, Warrigal Road to the east, Dandenong Road and Queens Way to the south, and Punt Road to the west. Stonnington has numerous tree-lined streets and over 120 parks and gardens. Many public reserves occur along the Gardiners Creek valley. The city has some of Melbourne's major shopping precincts in Chapel Street, Glenferrie Road, High Street, Malvern Road and Toorak Road as well as the Chadstone Shopping Centre. Local sporting venues include Malvern Valley Golf Club, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre.
The following demographic information is from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Stonnington has three multi-councillor wards - East, North and South, which are each represented by three councillors. Council elections are conducted by postal voting and votes are counted using proportional representation. Voting is compulsory for residents who are on the voters' roll for local council elections but voters aged 70 years or over are not obliged to vote at local council elections.
The next election for Stonnington City Council will take place in November 2008.
|Ward||1996 - 1999||1999 - 2002||2002 - 2004||Ward||2004 - 2008|
|Chapel||Roz Wilson||John Chandler||John Chandler||North||John Chandler|
|Como||Leon Hill||Annette Stockman||Sarah Davies||North||Sarah Davies|
|Orrong||Annette Stockman||Leon Hill||Leon Hill||North||Tas Athanasopoulos|
|Greville||John Chandler||Tas Athanasopoulos||Melina Sehr||South||Melina Sehr|
|Hawksburn||Chris Gahan||Chris Gahan||Chris Gahan||South||Chris Gahan|
|Armadale||Adam Held||Claude Ullin||Claude Ullin||South||Claude Ullin|
|Wattletree||Anne O’Shea||Anne O’Shea||Anne O’Shea||East||Anne O’Shea|
|Hedgeley Dene||Barry Fenton||Sally Davis||Sally Davis||East||Steve Stefanopoulos|
|Malvern Valley||Denise Wallish||Henry Buch||Judy Hindle||East||Judy Hindle|
|Greg Maddock||1994 - 1995|
|Frank Tait||1995 - 1998|
|Hadley Sides||1999 - present|
|Year||General||Art/Music||Art/Culture||Sport||Youth||Education||Community Service||Community Group|
|1997|| Cyril Pepperell &|
Sr. Monica O’Leary
|1998|| Josh Epstein &|
|2002||N/A||Betty Bruce||N/A||Royce Rout||Susan Barton||Sue Howden|| Kevin Biggin &|
|2003||N/A||N/A||Elizabeth Mansfield||Margaret Connellan||Dolores Collins||Ray Willis|| Dr Jean Barrie &|
|2004||N/A||N/A||Wesley Brown||Len Pratt||Patricia Brincat||Br William Wilding||Pam Weaver||N/A|
|2005||N/A||N/A||Jane Nigro||Peter Harley||Vicki Vidor||Kathy Hilton||Fr John Barry||N/A|
|2006||N/A||N/A||Betty Malone||Warren Wheatley||Peter Watson||Sr Ruth Winship||Lesley Kerr||St Joseph’s Emergency Housing|
|2007||N/A||N/A||Jenny Johnson||-||Greg Marks||-||Alan Freedman||Abbeyfield Society|
Higher education is provided by Universities, Vocational Education and Training (VET) facilities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
Monash University's medical school is also attached to The Alfred Hospital on Commercial Road.
|South Yarra||216, 219, 220, 246, 605|
|Prahran||216, 219, 220, 246|
|Glen Iris||612, 734|
|Malvern East||612, 623, 624, 627, 767, 822|
In addition to the newspapers, radio and television of the Melbourne media Stonnington has a free local newspaper, the Leader Newspaper Group's Stonnington Leader, which is a part of News Limited. It has a circulation of about 50,000.
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