Glen Huntly, Victoria
Glen Huntly is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census, Glen Huntly had a population of 5040.
It is a small suburb, approximately 1 km from north to south and 800 metres east to west at its widest point. Its borders are Neerim Road in the north, Booran Road in the west, Grange Road in the east and Woodville Avenue and Oakleigh Road in the south.
Glen Huntly is named after a ship, the Glen Huntly, that arrived in Port Phillip in 1840, after setting off from Greenock, Scotland. She was carrying 157 new immigrants, skilled manual labourers who were heading for the new colony settled in Melbourne. Fever, most likely typhoid, struck the ship mid journey and 10 died before reaching Port Phillip Bay. The Glen Huntly was forced to land at Little Red Bluff (now Point Ormond) and Victoria’s first quarantine station was formed to deal with the crisis. Three more men died at the camp. Supplies and provisions were brought down what became known as Glen Huntly Road.
The official name of the suburb is Glen Huntly, as shown on the City of Glen Eira website. Since its foundation, the suburb has been known at various times as Glen Huntly (two words) and Glenhuntly (one word) and this still causes confusion; a glance at various local business names reveals both versions being used. For example, the railway station is officially Glenhuntly railway station and the former Glenhuntly Post Office (opened in 1907) changed its name to Glen Huntly Post Office in 1993.
The 2016 government census showed that the median age of people in Glen Huntly was 32 years. Children 0 – 14 years made up 13.4% of the population and those aged 65 years and over made up 10.6% of the population.
38.2% of people living in Glen Huntly were born in Australia and then the next most common countries of birth were India 20.0%, China 9.3%, South Africa 2.3%, England 2.0% and Ukraine 1.4.
The census listed the main religions in Glen Huntly as Hinduism 18.4%, Catholic 13.5% and Judaism 10.2%. ‘No Religion’ accounted for 34.1% and 8.8% did not answer this non-compulsory census question.
- “2016 Census QuickStats Glen Huntly”. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
- Glen Eira council. Retrieved 11 August 2013
- Infrastructure | Vicsig. Retrieved 11 August 2013
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Murray, Peter R. & Wells, John C. (1980) Sand, Swamp and Heath – A History Of Caulfield. City of Caulfield. ISBN 0-9598392-6-7
- City of Caulfield – the former local government area of which Glen Huntly was a part.
- Elwood, Victoria – location of Point Ormond, once known as Little Red Bluff.