History and heritage

The Boonerwrung* are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin Nation and were the first inhabitants of the area that now makes up the southern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, which includes the municipality of Glen Eira.

European settlement dates from the 1840s when the land was swampy and used mainly for farming in the north and market gardening in the south. Growth occurred through the 1880s to the mid 1900s and significant development took place after the Second World War.

The City of Glen Eira takes its name from two local landmarks — Glen Eira Road and Glen Eira Mansion and was formed in December 1994 following the amalgamation of the former City of Caulfield with the northern part of the former City of Moorabbin. The first Glen Eira Council was elected by residents and ratepayers in March 1997.

(*Also known as the Bunurong, Bunwurrung, Boonwerung, Bunurowrung, Bururong and Boon Wurrung.)