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Kew East, Victoria

Kew East
Kew East is located in Melbourne
Kew East
Kew East
Population 6,017 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3102
Area 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location 8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Boroondara
State electorate(s) Kew
Federal Division(s) Kooyong
Suburbs around Kew East:
Ivanhoe Ivanhoe East Bulleen
Alphington Kew East Balwyn North
Kew Kew Balwyn

Kew East is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Boroondara. At the 2011 Census, Kew East had a population of 6,017.


  • History 1
    • Street names 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Geography 3
  • Education 4
  • Sport and recreation 5
  • Shopping 6
  • Transport 7
  • Places of worship 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10


A number of farming properties were established along the Yarra River following government land auctions, between 1845 and 1847.[2]

The Wills family established "Willsmere Estate", a grazing and dairying property, with the name now reflected in Willsmere Road and Willsmere Park.[3]

William Wade established a farm, named "Belford", next door.[3] A flood in December 1863 devastated the property, which later became the Kew Golf Course.[3]

The Harp of Erin Hotel, on the corner of Harp Road and High Street, was established in 1854, by Edward Glynn.[3] It was a centre for race meetings and gave its name to Harp Road, which was part of a route to Lilydale, used by Cobb and Co.[3]

Kew East Post Office opened around 1924.[4]

The East Kew Maternal and Child Health Centre, in Strathalbyn Street, Kew East, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Opened in December 1925, it is the earliest purpose-built and intact baby health centre in the state.[5]

Street names

Windella Road was originally named Balfour Road, after Kew resident and politician James Balfour.[3] It was renamed to Windella Avenue, after Balfour's residence Windella, due to the similarity of the former name to that of nearby Belford Road. Longstaff, Leason, McCubbin, Newbury, Fraser and Lister Streets are all named after Australian painters.[3]


As of 2011, 68.8% of residents were born in Australia, 3.1% born in the United Kingdom, 3.1% born in Italy, and 25% born elsewhere.[1][6]


The suburb is bounded to the east by Burke Road, to the north by the Yarra River and to the west by the Yarra River, parts of Kilby and Willsmere Roads and the property boundaries between Willsmere Road and Rattan Avenue. The southern boundary follows Carnegie Avenue, Park Crescent, Earl Street, Asquith Street, property boundaries near Belford Road (south), High Street and Harp Road.[7] The Eastern Freeway runs across the centre of the suburb from east to west.[7]


There are two co-educational government schools located in Kew East — Kew High School, a secondary college located on Burke Road and Kew East Primary School on Kitchener Street. St Annes Catholic School is located on Beresford Street.[7]

Sport and recreation

Kew Golf Club[8] and Green Acres Golf Club on Elm Grove[9] are located in the north of the suburb. Parks in Kew East include Willsmere-Chandler Park, home of the suburb's only sport team (East Kew United Soccer Club) and the adjacent Kew Billabong, Hays Paddock on Glass Creek, Hyde Park, Harrison Park and Stradbroke Park.[7]


The main shopping area, "Harp Village", is located on High Street, near the intersection with Harp Road.[7][10] A small local centre, Belford Court Shopping Centre, is located on Belford Road.[7]


The Eastern Freeway looking west from the Belford Road overpass

The Eastern Freeway is accessible via the Chandler Highway or Burke Road. The Main Yarra Trail, a shared bicycle and pedestrian path, runs along the north side of the freeway. Belford Road bridges the freeway, providing a link to the northern part of the suburb.[7] The suburb has a single tram line along High Street, which accommodates tram routes 24 and 48.[7] There are also a number of bus routes which connect the suburb to surrounding areas.

Places of worship

Places of worship include:

  • St Paul's Anglican Church, located on the corner of Windella Avenue and Hale Street.[7]
  • East Kew Uniting Church, Normanby Road.
  • MWP Centre, Westbrook Street.
  • St Anne's Catholic Church, Windellla Avenue.[7]
  • The Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, Harp Road.

See also

  • City of Kew - the former local government area of which Kew East was a part


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