Bentleigh 3204

Bentleigh (3204) including Bentleigh East (3165) is a residential suburb 12 km. south-east of Melbourne, immediately to the north of Moorabbin. It is relatively compact, lying between Centre and South Roads with Brighton on one side and the larger Bentleigh East on the other.

Bentleigh and Bentleigh East lie along the axes of Henry Dendy's Special Survey of 1841 when he took eight square miles extending inland form the Brighton shoreline. The northern boundary was North Road, the southern boundary South Road and the eastern boundary East Boundary road. Centre Road was a convenient centre line through the survey. Bentleigh's shopping centre runs along Centre Road, and Bentleigh East's centre is at Centre and East Boundary Roads.

The area was known as East Brighton before being named Bentleigh in 1908 after the Victorian Premier, Sir Thomas Bent. East Brighton was occupied by stock runs until the early 1850s, when the increasing metropolitan population resulted in market gardens being established. The sandy soil was easily worked and there were springs in several places, part of the chain of water courses extending through the area to Cheltenham.

In 1849 a Methodist church was opened in Centre road (near Jasper road), one of four Methodist buildings built pre-gold rush in the Brighton district.

There was a substantial Catholic community in the Bentleigh market-gardens area and in 1865 a school was opened on a church member's land in Bentleigh East. There was no church, however, and members attended services in Brighton, Glenhuntly, Oakleigh or Mentone's situation which continued until 1955.

Bentleigh secured a break from the Brighton connection when in 1862 it was included in the Moorabbin Road District, separate from the municipal borough of Brighton. A State primary school, Bentleigh East, was opened in 1878. Among the townships between Caulfield and Moorabbin railway stations Bentleigh developed quite strongly in the early 1900s.

The shopping centre along Centre Road grew steadily before the second world war. The Bentleigh West primary school was opened in 1927. The well known East Boundary hotel was opened in 1934, by when Bentleigh was a substantial township with market gardens and orchards around it. There were tile and brick works, a public hall and a library.

During the 1950s Bentleigh and Bentleigh East underwent rapid residential growth. Primary schools were opened at Tucker Road (1952), Coatesville (1953) and Valkstone and Eastmoor (both in East Bentleigh, 1957). A high school opened in 1956. Market gardens fast disappeared as Bentleigh and Bentleigh East acquired modern and flourishing shopping centres, pre-school and elderly citizens' facilities and a range of sporting facilities.

Just within East Bentleigh the Moorabbin Heights primary school was opened in 1960, to which was added the Moorleigh high school in 1966. By the 1990s the high school was closed and the primary school supplmented by establishing a branch of the Rudolf Steiner primary school in conjunction with the State school.

At the southern edge of Bentleigh there are the Patterson railway station and neighbourhood shopping area.

The Centre Road shops have continued to be a strong retail strip, being ranked as the ninth best in metropolitan Melbourne in 1994.

Bentleigh and Bentleigh East's street layout is of a grid design, requiring traffic-calming devices in some streets to maintain residential amenity. There are reserves and sports ovals, not over-generous in number. The Moorabbin Community Hospital is a short way east of the Bentleigh East shops in Centre Road. Despite the extent of Bentleigh East there is no other significant shopping area.

The median house prices in Bentleigh and Bentleigh East in 1987 were 22% and 10% respectively above the median for metropolitan Melbourne. In 1996 they were 25% and 14% above the metropolitan median.

The census populations of Bentleigh have been 1,737 (1911) and 7,749 (1933). In 1933 Bentleigh East had a census population of 22.




Melbourne Link Bentleigh 3204 Link opens in new browser window



0  LOVE IT    Do You Like This Page? Click here to LIKE..


Link opens new page Page Access > Update | Edit Details | Mobile Friendly Version

Link opens new page Content Access > View Category | Bentleigh



Click here to edit / update this page





Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram
Melbourne What's On In Jul 2015 >
 
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31


Featured
Idiot Box Comedy Launch Party
View Idiot Box Comedy Launch Party
Come join us for a drink at Work-Shop in Fitzroy! We'll be screening the pilot episode of comedy webseries Idiot Box plus ...


CargoMaster
View CargoMaster
Air freight and sea freight forwarders. International freight services to and from Melbourne. Self pack containers from ...


Pop Haydn Magic Show
View Pop Haydn Magic Show
Pop Haydn: Certifiable Genius The Melbourne Magic Festival proudly presents internationally awarded magician Pop Haydn! Pop ...


Rob Zabrecky Magic Show
View Rob Zabrecky Magic Show
TURN ON THE DARK WITH ZABRECKY There’s simply no other magician like Rob Zabrecky. Through a wide range of artistic ...


Mr Bamboozle's Crazy Fun Magical Game Show
View Mr Bamboozle's Crazy Fun Magical Game Show
Ready on the Buzzers! You have never seen a game show like this before. Nor a magic show for that matter. Children's performer ...


Top End Trade Services
View Top End Trade Services
Here to take the hard work and effort out of finding the right trades people. Top End Trade Services is your one call solution ...


Babba Kids Shows - School Holidays
View Babba Kids Shows - School Holidays
It doesn't matter whether you are 5 or 50 - everyone loves ABBA! Over the June/July school holidays BABBA - Australia's ...


Holiday Magic Show | Make Your Parents Disappear...Again
View Holiday Magic Show | Make Your Parents Disappear...Again
Alex and Luke are back, with more weird and wonderful ways to trick your parents! Would you like to go to Magic School? Alex ...


Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival
View Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival
Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is one of Melbourne’s most-loved school holidays events held annually for kids aged 4 to 10. ...


Tuxedo Junction 2015 | Black Tie Charity Ball
View Tuxedo Junction 2015 | Black Tie Charity Ball
Tuxedo Junction 2015 Centre Stage Supporting Cancer Council Victoria will take place in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful and ...


Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
View Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
WITNESS IMPOSSIBLE OCCURRENCES, ONE OF MELBOURNE’S MOST EXCLUSIVE ATTRACTIONS. Award winning magician Luke Hocking intrigues ...


Check Out
Get Melbourne | .melbourne
View Get Melbourne | .melbourne
The world’s most liveable city now has the world’s most liveable web address. .melbourne - the city’s new home online. .melbourne is Australia's new | Read More..

Donutella | Nutella Doughnuts
View Donutella | Nutella Doughnuts
Mick's Donutella's or Nutella Doughnuts have everyone talking, and buying them. People can't get enough of them, since Mick's Place started stocking the | Read More..

This Weekend
What's Hot

Our Pick
Dry July
View Dry July
Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for a month to support adults living with cancer. It helps you get healthy and clear your head while also raising funds for an important ...

The Broadsheet Restaurant
View The Broadsheet Restaurant
The Broadsheet Restaurant on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy is an all-day diner serving breakfast through to dinner and drinks into the night. It will showcase Melbourne’s world-leading chefs, ...


Newsletter
Stay in touch | Get our newsletter every Tuesday