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Doncaster East


The area was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who spoke variations of the Woiwurrung language group. After European settlement, the area was used for agriculture, predominantly orchards. A small settlement was established in the 1860s, known as Waldau, which was home to many German settlers, who planted the large areas of pine trees that still exist today. German Lane was the original name for George Street, and Bismarck Street the original name for Victoria Street. The names were replaced during the First World War and the present names adopted.
The Post Office opened on 8 August 1887. A Tunstall Square office was open from 1965 until 1990.
Like much of the City of Manningham, Doncaster East was predominantly covered in fruit orchards for some time before subdivision began and it became a contiguous part of Melbourne. Housing estates began to replace orchards in the 1960s, generally along Doncaster Road, in the southern half of the suburb. The north half of the suburb was developed through the 1970s and 1980s, with the last orchard being removed in the 1990s. As the young parents who moved into these estates now retire and move away, many houses from the 60s and 70s are being converted into units. Today land prices continue to rise and it is not uncommon to see medium density residential apartments/units under construction somewhere at any time of the year.


  • Beverley Hills Primary School, located on Cassowary Street, is a government primary school, established in 1959.
  • Ss Peter & Paul’s School, located on Beverley Street, is a Catholic primary school, established in 1960.
  • Donburn Primary School, located on Colchester, is a government primary school, established in 1973.
  • East Doncaster Secondary College, located on George Street, is a government secondary school, established in 1974.
  • Milgate Primary School, located on Landscape Drive, is a government primary school, established in 1982.
  • When Waldau Primary School and Doncaster East Primary School were merged, the new Doncaster Gardens Primary School was established in 1997. A government primary school, it is located on Sandhurst Avenue.

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