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(3144, 8 km SE, Stonnington City)

The name given to an early homestead located on Gardiner's Creek in Malvern, Tooronga is believed to be an Aboriginal word for 'bulrush'. The Tooronga railway station opened in 1890, and in 1910 the Closer Settlement Board purchased 100 acres (40 ha) of the Belmont estate bordering Gardiner's Creek to create the model Tooronga estate. Blocks here, ranging from a quarter to half an acre, were offered to buyers with limited incomes. In 1987 Tooronga was the site chosen for Coles Myer's new headquarters, the largest single-occupancy building in Australia. Proposals to extend the Tooronga Village Shopping Centre to cover the adjacent old brickworks met with strong local opposition in the 1990s.

Jill Barnard