Ballajura, Western Australia

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Ballajura
PerthWestern Australia
Ballajura is located in Perth
Ballajura
Ballajura
Location in metropolitan Perth
Coordinates 31°50′24″S 115°53′42″E / 31.84°S 115.895°E / -31.84; 115.895Coordinates: 31°50′24″S 115°53′42″E / 31.84°S 115.895°E / -31.84; 115.895
Population 18,952 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 6066
LGA(s) City of Swan
State electorate(s) West Swan
Federal Division(s) Division of Cowan
Suburbs around Ballajura:
Landsdale Cullacabardee Cullacabardee
Alexander Heights and Koondoola Ballajura Whiteman
Malaga Malaga Beechboro

Ballajura is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, in the City of Swan local government area. Ballajura is located 14 km north of the Perth CBD. The postcode for the suburb is 6066.

History[edit]

The Ballajura area was first settled in 1905, when Ernest Maltby Kerruish, an immigrant from the Isle of Man, purchased land for a farm at the present site, which at the time was located in Caversham. He named it Ballajora, after a farm at Maughold on the Isle of Man.[2] John Creer and Arthur Eaton, who also emigrated with Kerruish from the Isle of Man, joined him in clearing the land to build a house and begin farming the land. After a few years, Kerruish decided the soil was not fertile enough and moved his operations to an established vineyard in the present-day Caversham area, a few kilometres southeast.[3]

The names Kerruish, Eaton, and Creer have been given to three of the four houses of Ballajura Primary School. The fourth is named after Matilda Bennett, a woman also of Manx descent who was the wife of John Septimus Roe, the first surveyor general of Western Australia under the first governor of the state, Sir James Stirling. Bennett Brook, a stream which ran through the Ballajora farm, was also named after Matilda Bennett.

The suburb was further developed in the 1980s [4]

Community[edit]

In the 2001 Census of Population and Housing by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the population of the Ballajura postcode area was 19,784, in an area of 9 square kilometres. Australian-born residents accounted for about 64% of the population.

The suburb has four primary schools (Ballajura, South Ballajura, Illawarra, and Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School) and one high school (Ballajura Community College or BCC).[5] No railway line serves the Ballajura area, but it has several local bus services straight to the city.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ballajura (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ https://www.landgate.wa.gov.au/corporate.nsf/web/History+of+metropolitan+suburb+names
  3. ^ "PRIMARY INDUSTRIES.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 1 October 1921. p. 10. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Ballajura "Summer Lakes" estate review of hydrology and water quality, Meagher, 1981, retrieved 28 December 2013 
  5. ^ Ballajura Community College (1999), Yearbook, Ballajura Community College, retrieved 28 December 2013 

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