Doveton, a suburb of Dandenong, is 32 km south-east of central Melbourne. It is immediately east of Dandenong Creek and north of the Princes Highway and administered by Casey City Council and, before then, by Berwick City Council. The area was originally part of the Eumemmerring pastoral run. This part became the Grassmere estate, which was subdivided into smaller holdings in the 1880s. A small farming community was served by a hotel and school. There was also a racecourse.

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