Glen Iris is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Cities of Boroondara and Stonnington local government areas. Glen Iris recorded a population of 25,268 at the 2016 Census.[1]

Glen Iris has been Melbourne's geographical centre of population since the 1990s.[2][3]


Captain Thomas Henderson, of the Royal Navy, arrived in Melbourne on a ship called Iris in 1850. He acquired a property bounded by Gardiners Creek, High Street and a line extending Summerhill Road to Gardiners Creek. The property was advertised for sale as Glen Iris, in 1852. Robert Kent, a subsequent owner of the Glen Iris homestead, suggested a Mechanics' Institute be established, but it was never completed. A Wesleyan church was established in 1865 and in 1871 land was granted for an adjacent school (now Glen Iris Primary School). By the 1880s reference was made to the Township of Glen Iris.[4] Glen Iris Post Office opened on 28 August 1890. A Glen Iris Upper Post Office was open from 1947 until 1994.[5]

Places of interest

A number of government and independent schools are located in Glen Iris, including Camberwell South Primary School, Glen Iris Primary School, St Cecilia's Primary School, St Roch's Catholic Primary School, Sacré Cœur School, Korowa Anglican Girls' School and Caulfield Grammar School Malvern campus.

Recreational and sporting facilities include the Harold Holt Swim Centre, a BMX track at Hill'n'Dale Park, Burwood District Bowls Club and a number of reserves and ovals, including Hartwell Sports Ground, Ferndale Park and T.H. King Oval. The Glen Iris wetlands were established by the former City of Malvern in 1989.[6]

Glen Iris Road Uniting Church incorporates part of the original 1865 Wesleyan Church building.[7]

The division between the Boroondara and Stonnington municipalities follows the course of Gardiners Creek, which is a tributary of the Yarra River. A tributary of Gardiners Creek, running north through the suburb, Back Creek, has largely been turned into a drain. Also roughly following the course of Gardiners Creek is the Monash Freeway, and the Glen Waverley train line.

The Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre was built in memory of former Prime Minister Harold holt whose electoral seat was Higgins and included Glen Iris. This pool has led to the amusement of many locals and visitors as they realise a pool was built to commemorate a man who was presumed drowned after going missing, at Cheviot Beach, Portsea in 1967.[citation needed]


Two train stations on the Glen Waverley railway line, Gardiner and Glen Iris, are within the suburb. Passing through the eastern part of Glen Iris is the Alamein line, with Burwood Station also within the boundaries of the suburb (Glen Iris did not originally cover this far east, and this station and its surrounds were originally in the suburb of Burwood). Residents are also served by the numbers 5, 6, 72 and 75 tram routes. Melbourne bus routes also service the area.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Glen Iris (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Glen Iris still at the heart of city's urban sprawl". The Age. Melbourne. 5 August 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Life is sweet in the new population centre of Victoria". The Age. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ McWilliam, Gwen (1992). Early Glen Iris. City of Camberwell.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Glen Iris wetlands" (PDF). City of Stonnington. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Glen Iris – A Social History". Glen Iris Road Uniting Church. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  8. ^ Kinnane, Garry (1986). George Johnston, A Biography. Melbourne: Nelson. pp. 27, 33.
  9. ^ "McDonald Colin Campbell". Cricket Victoria. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Cherry, Sir Thomas MacFarland (1898 – 1966)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  11. ^ Rindfleisch, Tony (12 August 2007). "House of death on the market". Melbourne Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 August 2008.
  12. ^ "Press Bio". Ross Ryan. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  13. ^ "Lost son our inspiration". Progress Leader. 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  14. ^ Coster, Peter (1 January 2007). "Edna's final curtain". Herald Sun, Melbourne. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  15. ^ "Gerard Whateley: The man behind the mic". Herald Sun. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2018.