Bowden, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Bowden, Adelaide - painted Stobie pole.JPG
A stobie pole in Bowden
Population 648 (2006 Census)[1]
602 (2001 Census)[2]
Established 1839[3]
Postcode(s) 5007[4]
Location 3.1 km (2 mi) NW of Adelaide city centre[4]
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt[5]
State electorate(s) Croydon (2011)[6]
Federal Division(s) Adelaide (2011)[7]
Suburbs around Bowden:
Brompton Renown Park Renown Park
Brompton Bowden Ovingham
Hindmarsh Hindmarsh, North Adelaide North Adelaide
Aerial view of the Clipsal site development in Bowden.

Bowden is an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt.


The 'Village of Bowden' was established in 1839 by James Hurtle Fisher, who named it after his native village in Northamptonshire.[3]

Bowden had a post office open from 1970 until 1991. Before 1970 the office in the area was named Ovingham; after 1991 the Brompton office has provided postal services.[8]

In October 2008, Premier Mike Rann and Infrastructure Minister Pat Conlon announced the purchase of the 10 hectare Clipsal factory site in Bowden to become a new "green village". They announced plans for up to 1500 medium and high density "green star" residential apartments, with retail outlets and commercial offices set around a town centre, for the former industrial site. The $1billion project was designed to be a "transport oriented development"(TOD) as envisaged by The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. At the on-site announcement Mr Rann said the development was expected to take 12 to 15 years to complete.[9]


The suburb is primarily bounded by the Grange/ Outer Harbor railway line, the Gawler railway line and Park Terrace.[10]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 648 persons in Bowden on census night. Of these, 51.2% were male and 48.8% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (70.2%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (5.1%) and Greece (2.0%).[1]

The age distribution of Bowden residents is skewed towards an older population compared to the greater Australian population. 75.6% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%.[1]


Local government[edit]

Bowden is part of Hindmarsh Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Paul Alexandrides and Craig Auricht.[5]

State and federal[edit]

Bowden lies in the state electoral district of Croydon[6] and the federal electoral division of Adelaide.[7] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Michael Atkinson[6] and federally by Kate Ellis.[7]


The local newspaper is the Weekly Times Messenger. Other regional and national newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian are also available.[11]

Community groups[edit]

The Bowden Brompton Community Centre is based at 19 Green Street, Brompton.[12]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

Shopping and dining[edit]

The Hawker Street shopping and dining precinct passes through the suburb.[10]


Parfit Square is the largest park in Bowden.[10]


Bowden railway station


Bowden is serviced by Torrens Road, Park Terrace and Hawker Street.[10]

Many of the local streets were established in the 19th century. Consequently, roadways tend to be narrow and, with a small volume of traffic, quiet.[13]

Public transport[edit]

Bowden is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[14]


The following train services run on the eastern and southern boundaries of the suburb.[14]


The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes:[14]

  • 250, 251, 252
  • 253, 254, N254

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bowden (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Bowden (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Bowden, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members". City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Find my electorate: Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  9. ^ state government announces 'green village' for Clipsal site The Advertiser, 23 October 2008. Accessed 10 September 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6. 
  11. ^ "South Australian Newspapers". Australia G'day. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc.". Official website. The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton & Ovingham Local Area Traffic Management Plan". Tonkin Consulting. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

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Coordinates: 34°54′14″S 138°34′44″E / 34.904°S 138.579°E / -34.904; 138.579