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
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
1934: Moorabbin becomes a City
1950s: Moorabbin is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia
1959: The below-ground Moorabbin Railway Station built
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
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.
Kingston Collection, City of Kingston.