History of Stonnington

The City of Stonnington was formed on 22 June 1994, with the amalgamation of the cities of Malvern and Prahran. Stonnington encompasses the suburbs of Armadale, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East, Toorak, Prahran and Windsor, and parts of Glen Iris and South Yarra.

The name Stonnington was taken from the mansion Stonington in Glenferrie Road, Malvern. The mansion was built for John Wagner, a partner in Cobb & Co in 1890, and named after the city in Connecticut, USA, where his wife Mary was born.

The City of Stonnington logo features two interlocking celebratory ribbons representing the coming together of the two former cities of Malvern and Prahran.


The Stonnington History Centre has provided a table outlining key dates(PDF, 240KB) in the City of Stonnington's history up to amalgamation in 1994. You can find out more about the history of the area at the Stonnington History Centre.