Croydon, South Australia

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Croydon
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 1,350 (2006 Census)[1]
1,352 (2001 Census)[2]
Established 1855[3]
Postcode(s) 5008[4]
Location 4.5 km (3 mi) NW of Adelaide city centre[4]
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt[5]
State electorate(s) Croydon (2011)[6]
Federal Division(s) Port Adelaide (2011)[7]
Suburbs around Croydon:
West Croydon Renown Park Renown Park
West Croydon Croydon Ridleyton
West Hindmarsh West Hindmarsh Hindmarsh

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

History[edit]

The land on which the suburb now stands was purchased in 1853 by Alfred Watts and Philip Levi. They laid out the Village of Croydon in 1855, comprising Croydon Farm of 40 acres (16 ha) and lots of up to 5 acres (2.0 ha).[3] The village may have been named for Croydon, England, then a part of Surrey, the same county in which Levi had been born.[3]

Geography[edit]

Croydon lies on the western side of South Road, in the section between Port Road and Torrens Road.[8] It is a small inner western suburb of Adelaide.

Demographics[edit]

The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,350 persons in Ridleyton on census night. Of these, 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (66.6%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Italy (7.4%), Greece (5.9%) and England (2.2%).[1]

The age distribution of Croydon residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 69.5% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 30.5% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]

Politics[edit]

Local government[edit]

Croydon 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]

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

Facilities and attractions[edit]

Shopping and dining[edit]

On Elizabeth Street, there are cafes (The Queen Street Cafe, The Croydon Store), a well-regarded bakery (The Red Door), organic store, hairdresser (The Curious Orange) and retro clothing and furniture shops (One Small Room). This section of Elizabeth Street is commonly referred to as Queen Street, and some of the names of the shops refer to Queen Street e.g. The Queen Street Cafe. On Queen Street proper (which runs off Port Road until becoming Elizabeth Street) there is also a hairdresser, a pilates studio and a children's party venue. On Port Road is a warehouse shopping complex with large parking space including Officeworks, Rivers, The Salvation Army Superstore and other retailers.

Parks[edit]

A park is located on Day Terrace beside Croydon railway station.

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

Croydon is bordered by three major Adelaide roads. Torrens Road to its north-east, South Road, to its east-south-east, Port Road to its south-west and Ellen/Minnie Streets to its north-west. [8]

Public transport[edit]

Croydon is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[9]

Trains[edit]

The Grange and Outer Harbor train services pass through the suburb. The closest station is Croydon.[9]

Buses[edit]

The suburb is serviced by buses run by the Adelaide Metro.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Croydon (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Croydon (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Croydon, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Postcodes-Australia.com. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members". City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Find my electorate: Port Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6. 
  9. ^ a b c "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°53′53″S 138°33′50″E / 34.898°S 138.564°E / -34.898; 138.564