Elizabeth, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
|Population||952 (2006 Census)
811 (2001 Census)
|Location||24 km (15 mi) N of Adelaide city centre|
|LGA(s)||City of Playford|
|State electorate(s)||Little Para (2011)|
|Federal Division(s)||Wakefield (2011)|
Prior to the 1950s, most of the area surrounding today's suburb of Elizabeth was farming estates. After the end of the Second World War and the accompanying shortage of materials, the state government decided that South Australia needed to grow and become an industrialised state.
A "satellite city" was planned for the Elizabeth area, and the South Australian Housing Trust initiated a housing development program in the area, with a purchase of 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares) of rural land between the older "country towns" (now Adelaide suburbs) of Salisbury and Smithfield.
The Suburb of Elizabeth was formed on 16 November 1955, being named after Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the suburb in 1963.
Elizabeth has large areas of open space, with the most prominent being Fremont Park, on Main North Road. Elizabeth was the sister city of Fremont, California; Lake Elizabeth in Fremont Central Park is named for the city.
Elizabeth is the seat of the Playford local government area and thus acts as a central business district for the surrounding suburbs. It lies between the Gawler Central railway line and Main North Road. DSTO Edinburgh is located to the west of Elizabeth.
The age distribution of Elizabeth residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 67.5% of residents were aged 25 or over in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 32.5% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.
The population of Elizabeth as recorded by this census, encompassing postcodes 5112, 5113 and 5114, was about 60,000.
The local newspaper is the News Review Messenger. Other regional and national newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian are also available. The Bunyip Newspaper also covers the Elizabeth area in its Playford Times section.
Elizabeth Special School is on Durrington Road. Fremont-Elizabeth City High School is on the Philip Highway. Kaurna Plains School is on Ridley Road.
Elizabeth is the home of the Central District Bulldogs, an Australian rules football team in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). It is currently the strongest team in South Australian football, having (in 2010) won nine of the last eleven SANFL Premierships. They play all of their home games at Elizabeth Oval (currently named "Playford Alive Oval").
Facilities and attractions
The Elizabeth Shopping Centre sits in the middle of the suburb of Elizabeth. Formerly known as Elizabeth Town Centre, it has been progressively expanded since the 1960s. In its early days it featured open air malls, but today it comprises a single storey undercover mall. A major renovation and extension was completed in 2004.
Dauntsey Reserve is located between Winterslow Road and Woodford Road. Ridley Reserve is located on the suburb's southern boundary. There are other parks and reserves in the suburb.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Elizabeth (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
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- Ariel rocks the Octagon, 1973, Treasures of the State Library, State Library of South Australia.
- The Octagon Theatre Elizabeth was a multi-use auditorium specially designed for a wide range of activities. Built by the City of Elizabeth, it was completed in August 1965 and was a centre for live entertainment for the central and northern suburbs of Adelaide until it was closed in January 2003. The floorboards from the theatre were refurbished and used in the Great Hall of the City of Playford's new Civic Centre which opened in March 2004.
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- "City of Playford". Official website. City of Playford. Retrieved 20 April 2011.