Auckland Park

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Auckland Park
Auckland Park is located in South Africa
Auckland Park
Auckland Park
 Auckland Park shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°11′20″S 28°00′32″E / 26.1890°S 28.0089°E / -26.1890; 28.0089Coordinates: 26°11′20″S 28°00′32″E / 26.1890°S 28.0089°E / -26.1890; 28.0089
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
Area[1]
 • Total 1.50 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,276
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 51.7%
 • Coloured 3.3%
 • Indian/Asian 13.2%
 • White 29.9%
 • Other 1.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 41.2%
 • Afrikaans 17.4%
 • Zulu 9.5%
 • Tswana 7.2%
 • Other 24.7%
Postal code (street) 2092
PO box 2006
Area code 010

Auckland Park is a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It lies on a gentle slope. Auckland Park is in proximity to the suburbs of Melville, Brixton, Westdene and Richmond.

Auckland Park is one of few suburbs close to the Johannesburg city centre to have survived the exodus of Jo’burgers to the northern suburbs.[citation needed]

The suburb was laid out by John Landau, a New Zealander, who named the area because he saw similarities between the land and his native home. Street names in the area are named after places along the river Thames - Richmond, Twickenham, Ditton, Kingston among others. Today, Auckland Park is home to a mix of nationalities and cultures.[citation needed] The suburb is also well known as the area which is home of the SABC - the organisation's immense facilities can be seen on Henley and Artillery Road with many of the company's employees living in the surrounding areas.[citation needed]

Auckland Park housed some of Johannesburg's first residents. At the turn of the 20th century, Auckland Park was literally ‘in the country’ relative to the Johannesburg city centre. Victorian gentry who had made South Africa their home would have had weekend homes in the area. The original site offered a boating lake, located where the Auckland Park Country Club is today as well as a horse racing track, where the University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU) is.

Auckland Park is home to a number of academic institutions including the University of Johannesburg and private schools such as the Auckland Park Academy of Excellence and Auckland Park Preparatory School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Auckland Park". Census 2011.