The Parkville Association is a community organisation which aims to bring together and support the interests of all who live within postcode 3052.

The purposes of the Association are:

a) To initiate and take action to assist the integration, development and advancement of the Parkville community;

b) To conserve the fabric and amenity of Parkville;

c) To advocate on behalf of the Parkville community to State, Municipal and other public authorities;

d) To act as a forum for communication with residents.

The Parkville Association was born out of the threat in 1967 by the Hospital and Charities commission to resume most of Ievers Reserve and demolish the surrounding homes. A more serious threat in 1970 would have seen the razing of a large area between Storey and Morrah Streets.

Both struggles were eventually won but, in order to discourage any further incursions, the association decided to seek National Trust classification for the whole area of South Parkville. Many members contributed to a detailed survey of the area, photographing each building and recording its origin from the early, hand-written rate books. With this documentation, Hilary Lewis put together a submission which was accepted by the National Trust (now edited and published as a book, available from the Parkville Post Office).

South Parkville became the first classified metropolitan area in Australia, a status later given legal force by inclusion in the State Historic Register. No more large-scale demolition projects were possible but the Association continues to advise, negotiate and occasionally fight battles to preserve the historic integrity of South Parkville and prevent unsuitable development over its entire area.

From the outset the principle concern of the Association was not just for the buildings but for those who live and work in them, with the aim of encouraging a vibrant and cohesive community. The early years saw a children's club, the 'Parkvillians' and a welfare committee which quietly assisted some of the disadvantaged people living in the community. Over the years the demographics of Parkville have changed markedly and new challenges arisen. Such was the battle to keep a fully functional Post Office and more recently the northern market wall.

Parkville circa 1950

Church Services for Parkville


St Carthage’s, 123 Royal Parade.
Service Times:
Saturday Vigil Mass - 06:00pm
Sunday Family Mass - 10:00am
Sunday Student Mass - 05:00pm


The Canterbury Fellowship, Trinity College Chapel, Royal Parade.
Service Times:
Sunday Eucharist followed by Morning Tea: 10:00am (every Sunday)
Choral Eucharist followed by Morning Tea: 10:00am (first Sunday of the month)
Choral Evensong: 06:00pm (Sunday afternoons out of term)
No services in January

Mar Thoma Church

149 Royal Parade (ex Russian Orthodox).
Service Times:
Every Sunday Worship
1st and 3rd Sunday: 09:00am (Malayalam Service)
                            01:00pm (English Service)
2nd and 4th Sunday: 09:00am (English Service)
5th Sunday: Divine Service 

Parkville Shops & Services opening hours:

Parkville Post OfficeThe Parkville Store, 52 Morrah Street. Open Mon-Sat 7.30 am - 5.00 pm, Sun 8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Parkville Post Office, 55 Royal Parade. Open Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Naughtons Hotel, 43 Royal Parade. Open Mon-Fri: Lunch & Dinner, Sat: Dinner Only.

Mink Hair and Body, 51 Royal Parade. Open Tue-Wed: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm, Thu: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Fri: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052. Open 7 Days: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walking tours app

The Parkville Association is thrilled to announce the release of our very own mobile app - the Parkville Heritage Walks app.

Click the link below or search the app store to get your free download and try our self-guided walking tours today!