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City of Monash

About the area

Name origin

Monash is named after a range of features in the area, including Monash University, which were themselves named after World War I commander Sir John Monash.

Location and boundaries

The City of Monash is located in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs, between 13 and 24 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Monash is bounded by the City of Whitehorse in the north, the City of Knox in the east, the Cities of Greater Dandenong and Kingston in the south, and the Cities of Glen Eira, Stonnington and Boroondara in the west. The City's boundaries are Highbury Road in the north, Dandenong Creek in the east, Police Road, Dandenong Road, Westall Road and Centre Road in the south, and Warrigal Road, North Road, Poath Road, Dandenong Road and Warrigal Road in the west.

Included areas

The City of Monash includes the suburbs of Ashwood, Burwood (part), Chadstone, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Hughesdale, Huntingdale, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Oakleigh East, Oakleigh South (part) and Wheelers Hill.

Land use

The City of Monash is a predominantly residential area, with substantial industrial, commercial and recreational areas. The City encompasses a total land area of 81 square kilometres.

Transport

The City of Monash is served by the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Road, North Road, Wellington Road and the Dandenong and Glen Waverley railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used largely for grazing, market gardens and orchards. The Oakleigh township was established in 1853. Growth took place in the late 1800s, particularly around the railway line to Oakleigh which was constructed in the late 1870s. Except for Oakleigh and Clayton, the area remained largely rural until the 1950s, despite the construction of the Glen Waverley railway line in the 1930s. Small townships such as Glen Waverley, Notting Hill and Mount Waverley serviced the surrounding market gardens, poultry, sheep and cattle farms. Significant residential development took place in the post-war years, accompanied by industrial growth. Areas between the railway lines began to be developed for housing, with rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The population of the City declined marginally in the early 1990s, falling from 157,000 in 1991 to under 152,000 in 1996. The population then increased gradually from the mid 1990s, rising to 168,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Monash area were the Bunurong Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Monash labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Monash to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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