Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

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Bruce
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Bruce IBMap-MJC.png
Population 6,390 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,102/km2 (2,853/sq mi)
Established 1968
Postcode(s) 2617
Area 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
District Belconnen
Territory electorate(s) Ginninderra
Federal Division(s) Fraser
Suburbs around Bruce:
Lawson Kaleen Lyneham
Belconnen Bruce O'Connor
Macquarie Aranda Black Mountain

Bruce (postcode: 2617) is a suburb of the Belconnen district of Canberra, that is located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb was gazetted on 6 June 1968 in recognition of Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883-1967), the eighth Prime Minister of Australia and the first Chancellor of the Australian National University.[2]

Demographics[edit]

On Census night 2011, Bruce had a population of 6,390 people.[1] Although, as of the late 2000s, the mean taxable income of individuals within the suburb is slightly lower than the ACT average, the suburb nonetheless is in the top decile in the Territory within the Australian Bureau of Statistics' SEIFA index of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. 37.2% of the population was foreign born, the eighth highest for any Canberra suburb.[3]

Places of interest[edit]

Development[edit]

The Fern Hill section of the suburb was originally planned as a hub for information and communications technology businesses,[citation needed] with some low-rise office buildings being developed off Thynne Street, along with a small commercial centre including a cafe. However, the area has seen considerable residential development, with densities ranging from detached houses through to four storey apartment buildings, with commercial ground floor uses.

Street names[edit]

Suburb sign

Many of the streets in Bruce are named after people and places associated with Australian tertiary education, including:[2]

  • Agar Street - Wilfred Eade Agar, professor of zoology
  • Battye Street - James Battye, chancellor
  • Braybrooke Street - Ernest Kingston Braybrooke, professor of law
  • College Street - Canberra College of Advanced Education, now the University of Canberra
  • Crisp Circuit - Finlay Crisp, professor and Rhodes Scholar
  • Jaeger Circuit - John Conrad Jaeger, professor of geophysics and mathematics
  • Leverrier Street - Frank Leverrier, vice-chancellor
  • Mugglestone Place - Donald Mugglestone, professor of physics
  • Purdie Street - Alexander Purdie, professor of geology
  • Thynne Street - Andrew Joseph Thynne, government minister and university chancellor and vice-chancellor (who pronounced his name "thin")

Transport[edit]

Aerial view from west

The suburb is also relatively well-served by public transport, with ACTION's IPT (Intertown Public Transport) route running through it via the Calvary Hospital, Radford College, and the University of Canberra. The '7' and '3' bus routes also connect the suburb to Civic via Lyneham, Dickson, and Ainslie; and O'Connor and Acton respectively. Additionally, a number of cycle routes provide links to the Inner North, Belconnen Town Centre, and Kaleen.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Bruce is in the Division of Fraser.[4]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Bruce is in the Ginninderra electorate.[5]

Geology[edit]

Bruce is dominated by the greywacke of the Ordovician Pittman Formation. Bands of the black Acton Shale Member are found under the University of Canberra and the Calvary Hospital. Glebe Farm Adamellite is a coarse porphyritic micro adamellite of the Silurian age. It intrudes in the west north and southeast and southwest of University of Canberra. A triangle of Silurian age calcareous shale of the Canberra formation is in the north east of Bruce.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bruce (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b ACT Planning and Land Authority. "Street and Suburb Names - Bruce". Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Where do migrants live? (4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2014)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fraser (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

Further reading[edit]


Coordinates: 35°14′31″S 149°04′37″E / 35.242°S 149.077°E / -35.242; 149.077