Murrumbeena is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census, Murrumbeena had a population of 9,926.
The name “Murrumbeena” derives from the Aboriginal word “mirambeena”. It may have meant “land of frogs”, “moss growing on decayed wood” or it may be a derivative from the name of an Aboriginal elder. The evidence for any of these etymologies is uncertain. The name was officially adopted when the railway station opened in 1879.
- 14 May 1879 – Murrumbeena Railway station opens.
- 21 September 1889 – Railway station signal box contract signed to erect by J. Brown.
- 12 May 1890 – Murrumbeena Post Office opens.
- 1922 – Electrification of railway & wicket gates.
- 1972 – Shorting of railway siding at station used to deliver coal and goods.
- 6 December 1977 – Removal of railway siding at station.
- 7 February 2016 – The Victorian government announces plans for a elevated rail project to run through Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.
- 18 June 2018 – New elevated station opens
The main street of Murrumbeena is Neerim Road, which bends under the elevated railway and has a strip shopping centre extending to Murrumbeena Road nearby the railway station.
Trading at the shopping centre suffered greatly with the opening of Chadstone Shopping Centre nearby, however it has seen a recent revival, particularly of street cafes and apartment buildings.
“Frogtopia,” twin murals by local artist Anthony Breslin, feature in Attwood Lane between Neerim Road and the station.
The main roads running through Murrumbeena are Dandenong Road, Neerim Road and Murrumbeena Road.
In 2016, the Victorian government announced it would construct an elevated railway bridge to remove level crossings on the Pakenham/Cranbourne line. The proposed construction will consist of three concrete bridge-like structures, each spanning multiple kilometres and composed of sections varying in height from 9 to 16 metres.
Outside of the main streets, Murrumbeena is a mix of predominantly single-family detached homes with small pockets of walk-up flats of up to two stories developed since the 1960s. The predominant style of the buildings in the shopping strip, station and surrounding homes are Federation and Interwar which include many magnificent examples of single story Art Deco designs.
Murrumbeena Primary School
Murrumbeena Primary School is an International Baccalaureate World School, authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), and hosts a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.
- 1910 Current site purchased
- 1917 Current site occupied
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
Murrumbeena High School
Murrumbeena High School originally occupied a large parcel of land on the corner of Murrumbeena Road and North Road across the road from Duncan McKinnon Reserve. (801 North Rd, Murrumbeena 3163)
- 13 August 1974 – The school’s art block was burnt down.
- 1990s: Murrumbeena High School was closed by the Kennett Government, part of a widespread closure of schools, that led to a shortage of educational options within a few years.
Parks and Recreation
Forming part of the Outer Circle Railway Linear Park, Boyd Park was named after the artistically talented Boyd family, and links with the Urban Forest at its northern end on Dandenong Road. The leafy park is surrounded by gum trees and has broad, open areas with a small playground and BBQ pavilion. A sculpture by Lenore Boyd is nearby the park’s Neerim Road entry. The southern end features majestic 250-year-old River Red Gum trees, a bordering post and rail fence, and some of the last remnant Indigenous forest in the region. At the end of the park is the mosaic sculpture depicting indigenous seasons, and the Caulfield 9th (Murrumbeena) Scout Hall. Regular wildlife includes brush tail and ringtail possums, native birdlife (including tawny frogmouth), and geckos.
The entry to Springthorpe Gardens features the original old gates of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (prior to 1860), which were presented to Dr JW Springthorpe, who was a revered physician at the hospital and wrote many medical texts. The park was developed and named after him in 1934 and is particularly attractive when the trees are in blossom in early spring.
Murrumbeena Park on Kangaroo Road has an expansive discovery playground with dry riverbed, flying fox, climbing tower, maze, BBQ and picnic facilities. The two established ovals are predominantly used by the Murrumbeena Football Club and Cricket Club. Nearby is an odd-leash dog-walking area. Murrumbeena Park Bowls Club is on the park’s eastern boundary.
Duncan McKinnon Reserve, on the corner of Murrumbeena and North Roads, features a 1.2km fitness track, athletics facility, netball courts, sporting grounds and playground.
The historical Boyd Walk commences in Murrumbeena Village opposite Murrumbeena Station and connects eight sites of historical significance. It tells the story of Murrumbeena’s artistic heritage and local life of the Boyd family and associated artists who completed significant works in the area.
The 17km-long Djerring Trail, which runs under the elevated rail pylons, was completed in 2018. The leafy, shared pedestrian/bike path has exercise stations and links Murrumbeena to Hughesdale (east) and Carnegie (west).
Numerous cycling connections traverse Murrumbeena, including the 17km-long Djerring Trail, which runs under and alongside the rail corridor from Caulfield to Dandenong.
A shared path through Boyd Park (along the Outer Circle Railway) connects to Gardiners Creek Trail on the other side of Dandenong Road then onto the Yarra Trail and Scotchmans Creek Trail.
Rosstown Rail Trail runs east-west along Murrumbeena Crescent.
The shared bike and parking lane along Murrumbeena Road runs north-south connecting to Dandenong Road and extending along East Boundary Road.
- The potter Merric Boyd (1888–1959) established a studio in Murrumbeena and produced his own distinctive style of Art Nouveau ceramics. Through the Boyds, Murrumbeena played host to other well-known artists including John Perceval, Sidney Nolan, Hatton Beck, and Peter Herbst.
- Arthur Boyd (1920–1999) was one of the leading Australian painter of the late 20th Century.
- Mark Trevorrow, the creator of Bob Downe, the camp safari-suit wearing comic and singer was born and raised in Murrumbeena.
- Musician Nick Cave grew up in the suburb. Local cafe Nature Boy, named after one of Cave’s songs, is an homage to the former resident.
- TISM played their first show at the Duncan McKinnon Athletics Reserve’s track club rooms on 6 December 1983.
- Paralympic swimming medallist Phillip Tracey was from the suburb.
- Many Australian Rules footballers including Robert Flower from 1973 until 1987, Tom Flower, Ray Carr, Mark Mitchell, Howard Hollow and Ken Jungworth who all played with Melbourne Demons went to school or came from Murrumbeena Football Club and also grew up in the suburb.
- Bill Shorten, the Member for Maribyrnong in the Australian Parliament, grew up in Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena and attended Mass at the Good Shepherd Convent, on the current site of Chadstone Shopping Centre. He is the Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives.
The suburb has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Southern Football League with a history that can be traced back to the formation of the Murrumbeena Junior Football Club in 1918. They have junior and senior sides.
It has a lawn bowls club situated in Gerald Street which fields two teams in the Bowls Victoria Pennant competition.
- Murrumbeena Football Club – Founded in 1918.
- Murrumbeena Cricket Club – Founded in 1910.
- Murrumbeena Park Bowls Club.
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