John Gardiner selected a cattle run in the area and built a house just north of the junction of the Yarra River and Kooyong Koot Creek (later to be known as Gardiners Creek).

James McAlpine settled in the area and his son’s baptism in 1840 is recorded in early Melbourne church records.

The first sale of Crown Land occurred on 10 June; four lots, with a total of 245 acres extending south from Kooyong Koot Creek (Gardiners Creek) were sold.

The second sale of Crown Land occurred on 27 June, in the area bounded by Kooyong Road, Gardiners Creek Road (now Toorak Road), Malvern Road and Tooronga Road.

Land Sales in Gardiner Township. First school began in a four-roomed cottage in Malvern Road not far from Elizabeth Street. The school master was David Stevenson who had just arrived from England

Inception of the Gardiner District Road Board. The boundaries of the first District (Kooyong Road, Gardiner’s Creek, Warrigal Road and Dandenong Road) have always remained the same. First road works started by the Road Board - the construction of Malvern Hill Road (later called Hopetoun Road) A public auction was held on 27 November. 90 lots owned by Charles Skinner, were described in the auction advertisement as ‘Freehold properties in the Township of Ledbury, Parish of Prahran, Malvern Hill Estate’.

A government grant was obtained for the construction of a non-denominational School building in Glenferrie Road for the Anglican Church.

Holy Trinity Church built at the corner of Dandenong and Warrigal Roads, the first permanent brick church in the former City of Malvern.

Victoria’s first bowling green at the Gardiner Hotel (cnr Glenferrie and Dandenong Roads)

First toll house erected on Scotchman’s Creek Road (later known as Waverley Road) by the Road Board.

First water pipe supplied water to a part of the town from the Yan Yean Reservoir.

Gardiner Road Board became the Gardiner Shire Council. According to the Melbourne Directory the population of the Gardiner District numbered about 68 persons.

James Munro (President of the Shire Council) moved that council employees should only have to work an eight hour day (present rate was 9 hours for a wage of 6/-); his motion was defeated, it was regarded as too revolutionary.

Spring Road State School opened in a new two-roomed brick building.

Name of Gardiner changed to Malvern.

First train passed through Malvern Station.

First asphalt footpath laid in Malvern

Hon Alfred Deakin laid the foundation stone of the Shire Hall.

Official opening of the Town Hall (Shire Hall).

Malvern Gardens laid out by Thomas Pockett. Construction of Methodist Church in Spring Road.

At the beginning of this year it was recorded that in the past twelve months Malvern’s rateable property had increased in value by 62,000 pounds. The Shire Hall was extended in a northerly direction and the second tower built. Foundation stone of St Joseph’s Catholic Church laid. Northbrook built for Councillor Donald Munro.

Stonington built for John Wagner. Railway line extended from Burnley to Glen Iris. Malvern Gardens officially opened by Duncan Gillies, MP.

The southern tower of the Town Hall was redesigned and strengthened to contain a clock, a gift from the Shire President, Cr Alex McKinley.

One hundred notable Melbourne men formed the Melbourne Golf Club and obtained permissive occupancy of two pieces of land in East Malvern for an 18 hole golf course. The Club moved to Black Rock in 1901 and the course was taken over by the Caulfield Golf Club, later Metropolitan Golf Club.

Demonstration at Malvern’s Town Hall to support Women’s Suffrage.

Sir George Sydenham Clark became the first of the Victorian Governors to take up residence at Stonington. Malvern Progress Association formed. Malvern became a Borough in February and a Town in April.

State Parliament passed the Prahran and Malvern Trust Constitution Bill opening the way for tramway construction. Land acquired by Council for Central Park.

First tram lines opened in Malvern, first tram car left the depot in Coldblo Road on 30 May.

Malvern declared a City. Inauguration of the Malvern Municipal Band. Tooronga Progress League formed.

Land acquired by Council for Hedgeley Dene Gardens.

Outbreak of World War I. Malvern organizations, especially Red Cross, began patriotic war work which continued for the next four years.

Influenza epidemic, over 2,000 cases in Malvern.

Kooyong Tennis Courts became the home of the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria.

Electrification of railway line.

Mayor opened a begonia show using wireless, a first in Australia.

Portico added to the Malvern Town Hall.

Municipal Swimming Pool opened (on the site of the present Harold Holt Swim Centre).

Malvern Baby Health Centre opened in Barkly Avenue.

Beginning of economic depression. 800 local families were on Government sustenance, 14% of population. Railway line extended from East Malvern to Glen Waverley.

The last of the Governors to live at Stonnington. Lord Somers in residence June 1926 - June 1931.

Large area in vicinity of Gardiners Creek severely flooded and Toorak Road bridge swept away.

World War II. Malvern organizations involved in war work.

Centenary celebrations of the establishment of Local Government in Malvern.

Construction of Cabrini Hospital to replace the old St Benedict’s hospital

Opening of Malvern Library in High Street.

Chadstone Shopping Centre opened.

Chadstone Library opened in Bowen Street.

Opening of Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool on original Municipal pool site in High Street.

First issue Malvern News Sheet.

Cr Ann Morrow elected as Malvern’s first female mayor.

Announcement that the South Eastern and Mulgrave Freeways would be linked by a 4 lane divided arterial road.

Official opening of second and final stage of Malvern Valley Golf Course. Gargoyle chosen as new Corporate Logo for the City of Malvern. Premier John Cain opened final section of South Eastern Arterial Road Link

‘Urban Character Study’ released. First Pool Party at Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre. Gala Opening of Malvern City Square. Launch of ‘Private and Public Memory’ by Lynne Strahan. Official Opening and Family Fun Day at Dairy Park. Opening of Northbrook Art Garden. Internal refurbishment of Town Hall.

First Land Sales plaque unveiled in Kooyong Gardens. Dunlop Pavilion and Peverill Park officially opened. Inaugural City of Malvern Building Design Awards. Malvern Gardens Centenary Plaque unveiled. Major construction work at Percy Treyvaud Park.

Governor Dr Davis McCaughey opened Olive Miller Nursing Home for Malvern Elderly Citizens’ Welfare Association [MECWA]. Darling Park, Glen Iris Park, T.H. King Pavilion and Glen Iris Wetlands officially opened. Old Fire Station (Willis Street) - opening of the Community Print Workshop. The name of the part of Malvern known as ‘Chadstone’ changed to ‘East Malvern’. Bible College Site in Elm Road leased and later sold to MECWA. Chadstone High School closed

‘Malvern Heritage Study’ released. Cenotaph moved from Town Hall corner to Central Park. First performance on the Compton Pipe Organ in the Town Hall. Commencement of Malvern Emergency Food Relief Service. Gardiner Primary School closed.

Council purchased the Chadstone High School site. ‘The Literature of Malvern - A Bibliography’ by Ian McLaren launched. Malvern Historical Society celebrates 21 years. Kildara Convent and School closed

Final Meeting of Malvern Council. 22nd June Malvern City Council ceased to exist. Under the powers contained in the Local Government Act 1989, the Governor in Council abolished the municipal districts of the City of Malvern and the City of Prahran, and in lieu created a new municipality, the City of Stonnington. Appointment of 3 Commissioners to administer the municipality

‘Greetings from Malvern’ by Jane Nigro and Di Foster launched.

Election of first Stonnington City Council. 85th Anniversary of the Malvern Bowling Club

The oval at Central Park renamed the ‘John Landy’ Oval. Completion of the restoration of the Conservatory at Central Park. 75th anniversary of the East Malvern Cricket Club.

New Stonnington ward boundaries approved. Opening of the Wattletree Early Childhood Centre

MECWA Community Care’s 40th anniversary

Final issue of ‘Stonnington Community News’ The first 25 Federation markers approved

Federation Fair held at Stonington

Opening of Phoenix Park Library

‘10th Anniversary of the City of Stonnington’ calendar

Opening of refurbished Malvern Library. Publication of ‘History of Malvern: A Supplement 1988-1994’by Alleyn Best

150th Anniversary of Municipal History in the areas formerly known as the Gardiner Road District, Malvern Council, and Prahran Council, now know as the City of Stonnington.