City of Monash
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The City of 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 City of Greater Dandenong and the City of Kingston in the south, and the City of Glen Eira, the City of Stonnington and the City of Boroondara in the west. The City of Monash'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.
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.
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.
The City of Monash is served by the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Road, North Road, Wellington Road and the Dandenong and Glen Waverley railway lines.
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 declined slightly during the 1980s and early 1990s, and then increased gradually from the late 1990s, with greater growth in recent years.
The original inhabitants of the City of Monash were the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Aboriginal people.