Melville is a suburb in southern Hamilton in New Zealand. It is named after James Dougal Melville. Many of the streets in Melville are named after war heroes, including Douglas Bader, Bernard Montgomery, Odette Hallowes, David Beatty and William Slim.[1] Melville was named after the districts pioneer J Melville who lived in 1904 opposite the site of Melville Primary School. The Hospital paved the way for a great deal of development throughout the Melville area. Opened in 1887 the area quickly became known as Hospital Hill although it was not added to the Hamilton Borough until 1936. Hamilton city extended its boundaries to Collins Road, Melville in 1954 and again in 1962 to Houchens Road, Glenview and Dixon Road, Glenview. In 1960 Melville gained Hamiltons 4th suburban post office which was followed in 1964 with the opening of Melville High School. The facilities in Melville reflected the significant growth of Melville / Glenview throughout the 1950s. Melville lends its name to one of Hamilton's top association football teams, Melville United who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.

Melville, Hamilton
Basic information
Local authorityHamilton, New Zealand
Electoral wardHamilton West
Population4755 (2006 Census)

Melville was transferred from Waipa County to Hamilton City in 1949.[2] It borders the suburbs of Glenview and Fitzroy.

Melville also has Melville Primary, Melville Intermediate and Melville High School as well as St Pius X Catholic School Melville.


  1. ^ Hamilton Street Name Index, Hamilton Public Library
  2. ^ Astride the River: P J Gibbons 1977

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