Outer City Convenience
Pakenham was named after Sir Edward Pakenham, a British General who fought in the Peninsular War. The original Pakenham Post Office opened on 1 February 1859. The railway station was opened on 8 October 1877 and was a part of the east link connecting Melbourne to Pakenham and other eastern towns.
Pakenham’s public facilities include a sports and aquatic centre and Council Offices (soon to be re-locating to Officer). The aquatic centre includes a 25m indoor pool, with a gym, group fitness, crèche, eight multipurpose sports courts and food facilities all incorporated in the one building. The centre, named Cardinia Life, is owned by the Cardinia Shire and managed by YMCA Victoria. Pakenham also has an outdoor pool open during the warmer weather. This was originally opened in 1957, and was reopened on 17 November 2007 after undergoing a $1.1 million redevelopment. The outdoor pool centre, also managed by YMCA Victoria, consists of a 50m pool, toddlers’ pool with splash features, updated change rooms, kiosk, and water treatment plant. Pakenham also has two tennis club facilities at two locations within Pakenham.