Moorabbin Junction – Changing Over Time

Pre-contact: The name Moorabbin is believed to come from the Aboriginal word ‘moorooboon’ a term used by the Bunurong to mean a ‘resting place’

1800s: Moorabbin begins as an outpost of ‘Dendy’s Brighton’ and starts to take shape as a market garden

1862: Moorabbin separates from Brighton to become a Roads Board District

1867: Moorabbin Shire Hall built

1867:  Jesse Morley’s ‘Plough and Harrow’ taken over and revitalised by Barrie Gregg who renames it ‘Gregg’s South Brighton Hotel’

1871: Moorabbin becomes a Shire

1881: The railway line between Caulfield and Mordialloc is built and a station is constructed in South Brighton

1890s: The land boom is followed by the Depression

1929: Moorabbin Council Chambers (now Moorabbin Arts Centre) opened

1934: Moorabbin becomes a City

1937: Official opening of W & A Gilbey (Gilbey’s Distillery)

1950s: Moorabbin is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia

1959: The below-ground Moorabbin Railway Station built

1962: Moorabbin City Hall (now Kingston City Hall) is opened

1965: The St Kilda Football Club makes the Linton Street Oval its home ground displacing Moorabbin club

1970’s: Woolworths (formerly Safeway) Moorabbin opens at 382-384 South Road

1985: Gilbey’s Distillery moves to New Zealand and ceases its operation at Moorabbin

1990s: Moorabbin is a major industrial area with more than 2,700 warehouses, factories and sand extraction enterprises within the municipality

1980s: Widening of the Nepean Highway to South Road begins

1983: The Grange (at the current location of the Moorabbin Police Station) demolished

1988:  City of Moorabbin New Council Office Building officially opened

1992: St Kilda ceases playing home games at Moorabbin Oval

1994: Local government amalgamations split a 132-year-old municipality across four new cities (Kingston, Bayside, Glen Eira and a small section of Monash)

2002:  Kingston City Council moves to Cheltenham

2002: The Holmesglen TAFE Moorabbin Campus begins operating

2005: IKEA Moorabbin closes down

2011: Council adopts the Moorabbin Activity Centre Structure Plan

2014: Council launches the Moorabbin Junction Urban Renewal Strategy



Cribbin, John, Moorabbin: A Pictorial History 1862-1994, City of Kingston, 1995.

Handfield, J. &​ E., Moorabbin: A Centenary History 1862-1962, Moorabbin City Council (Public Relations), 1962.


Photos courtesy:              

Kingston Collection, City of Kingston.