The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013


Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

2013 - shops in Hamilton St

2013 - the suburb of Mont Albert

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1918 - Box Hill station

The suburb of Mont Albert is 11 km east of Melbourne's CBD, and
Its Local Government area are the Cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census, Mont Albert had a population of 4,954.

The main shopping centre of Mont Albert is Hamilton Street, a small street lined with shops. The suburb has its own railway station.

Mont Albert was originally part of Surrey Hills, which was shared between the former Cities of Camberwell and Box Hill, and is bounded by Elgar Rd (east), Windsor Crescent (south), Kenmare St (north), and Carrick St/Smythe Ave/York St/Wilson St (west).

The adjacent suburbs are Mont Albert North, Surrey Hills, Balwyn, and Box Hill.

Prior to the railway station being constructed in 1890, Mont Albert was a rural district, with few houses.

Historical Notes
Boroondara became the City of Camberwell, the name derived from aboriginal Burroodarah – shady or dark place

Nunawading - derived from aboriginal Numphawading – ceremonial ground or battlelfield

was formed in December 1994 by the amalgamation of the former Cities of Box Hill and Nunawading.

The name Whitehorse came from the White Horse Inn, a tavern
built in 1853, and located on the SE corner of present-day Whitehorse and Elgar Rds,  This name was applied to the major thoroughfare Whitehorse Rd, which runs through the municipality today.


A commemorative cairn is at the site of the original hotel in a small park.


In the original proposals for council amalgamations in Melbourne, Whitehorse was a suggested name for an area comprising the City of Box Hill, with the addition of residents east of Union Road (part of the old City of Camberwell).

The affected residents were unhappy, believing an alignment with Box Hill would lower the value of their properties. A second proposal featured the current boundaries of Whitehorse.

The City of Nunawading proposed the name "City of Koornung", claiming it was more appropriate, as both cities shared the Koonung Creek
, but unfortunately they failed to note they had spelled Koonung incorrectly in their proposal.

1860s - Whitehorse Rd and Station St, Box Hill

1893 - farm in Surrey Hills district

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