The history of Springvale

The rich history of Springvale is a significant and inseparable part of the urban fabric of our City. A thriving intercultural community, enriched by the diversity and experiences of its members. All who live, work and contribute to Springvale walk in the footsteps of Springvale's traditional owners, the Bunurong people of the South-Eastern Kulin Nation.

Traditional Countries were defined by natural and environmental features, significantly by water. The presence of water influenced living patterns and concentrations of people around the former Carrum Swamp, the floodplain, wetlands and elevated areas along Dandenong Creek. The (Springvale) landscape was laden with grassy and damp sands herb-rich woodlands. Natural springs offered a permanent water source, later giving rise to the suburb’s name.

Springvale township grew with colonialisation and by 1901 the Necropolis Springvale was established with a railway line to follow later. In the 1920’ and 30’s industrial development surged briefly, and market gardens and sand extraction industries met a growing demand for concrete from the outbreak of WW2 until the 1990’s.

Population swells were fed by immigration and the Enterprise Migrant Hostel (1970 – 1992) homed 30,000 migrants and refugees from all over the world impacting significantly on the way Springvale developed. Non-government organisations flourished to address issues of isolation, a lack of community / settlement services, and empowerment of the culturally-diverse community became a hallmark of the area.

Today Springvale is a vibrant place for communities to gather, exchange and celebrate. Through sharing a story, you will help to shape sensational Springvale and preserve the area’s rich cultural tapestry for generations to come.