Flanked by Glenhuntly and McKinnon, Ormond is in a particularly pleasant corner of Melbourne’s inner-southern suburbs. It is characterised by neat, tree-lined streets and solidly conservative homes set behind well-tended, attractive gardens.
The name comes from Francis Ormond, a wealthy grazier and philanthropist, whose strong interest in education was expressed through Ormond College. The suburb itself also has long links with education through Ormond Girls’ School which opened in 1923 and is now known as Kilvington Baptist Girls’ Grammar.
The suburb has fine parks such as E.E. Gunn Reserve and Joyce Park, which is home to Box Cottage, an early settler’s home maintained by the local council and open to the public.
Ormond is part of Glen Eira City whose population of 117,000 includes a significantly higher number of older people than the Melbourne average.
The district's traditional links with the cutting edge of Australian painting is reflected in the City Hall art complex whose permanent collection includes the works of such definitive artists as Charles Blackman, the Boyds, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams.