Brighton East

Brighton East is a residential suburb 13 km south-east of Melbourne. It is east of Hampton Street and between North and South Roads. Its northern section is crossed by the Elster Creek (which runs into the Elwood Canal), and it was better watered than Henry Dendy's Brighton township nearer the foreshore. In the 1880s Brighton East was mostly market gardens and farms, particularly near South Road.

A tram line and a train line to Brighton concentrated subdivisional activity in that area. In 1925 the tram line was extended down Hawthorn Road from Glenhuntly to North Road, which was in response to subdivisional activity between North and Centre Roads. Between 1922 and 1928 all the land in that area was subdivided for housing, and substantial activity occurred further south. By the late 1930s the whole of Brighton East's street pattern was established.

A primary school (in the north-west corner, and named Gardenvale), was opened in 1922. It occupied two sites by 1931 and was a central school until the 1970s. The Brighton High School (1955) is in Brighton East. Over the road is the council's golf course (1943), set in an area which includes Dendy Park with several ovals and sports facilities. St. Leonard's Co-educational College (Uniting Church) is in South Road.

Brighton East has only a small shopping centre on its western border, and is equidistant from the upmarket Brighton shops and the more everyday but active strip in Centre Road, Bentleigh.


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