Findon, South Australia

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Findon
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 5,450 (2006 Census)[1]
5,261 (2001 Census)[2]
Established 1848[3]
Postcode(s) 5023[4]
Location 6.5 km (4 mi) NW of Adelaide city centre[4]
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt[5]
State electorate(s) Cheltenham (2014)[6]
Federal Division(s) Adelaide (2011)[7]
Suburbs around Findon:
Seaton Woodville West Woodville South
Seaton Findon Beverley
Kidman Park Kidman Park Flinders Park

Findon is a western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt.

History[edit]

In 1839, George Cortis was granted the land now constituting Findon, which he subdivided in 1848. The suburb may have been named for the town of Findon, United Kingdom, near Cortis' hometown of Worthing.[3]

Geography[edit]

Findon lies astride Crittenden and Findon roads, in Adelaide's western suburbs. Grange Road forms its southern boundary.[8]

Demographics[edit]

The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 5,450 persons in Findon on census night. Of these, 49% were male and 51% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (60.9%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Italy (9.6%) and England (2.7%).[1]

The age distribution of Findon residents is skewed higher than the greater Australian population. 72.1% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 27.9% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]

Politics[edit]

Local government[edit]

Findon is part of Findon and Beverley wards in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Doriana Coppola and Joe Ienco (Findon), and by Edgar Agius and Mick Harley (Beverley).[5]

State and federal[edit]

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

Community[edit]

Community groups[edit]

Findon Community Centre is located on Findon Road.[9]

Schools[edit]

Findon High School is on Drummond Avenue.[10] and Nazareth Catholic College Primary and Early Childhood Centre are on Crittenden Road.[8]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

Shopping and dining[edit]

Shops are located on Findon Road and Grange Road.

Parks[edit]

Findon Oval, home of the Woodville District Baseball Club in summer months, and the Woodville Lacrosse Club in winter months, is located on Drummond Avenue,[8] beside Findon Cycle Speedway, home of the Findon Skid Kids cycling club.[11]

The other main greenspace in the suburb is Matheson Reserve, between Buccleuch Avenue and Dominion Avenue.

Other parks and reserves are located on Findon Road, Strathbogie Avenue, Pamela Street, Rondo Avenue and Dampier Avenue.

Basa Reserve, mainly located in neighbouring Beverley, extends into the suburb.[8]

Basketball[edit]

Findon is home to the 8,000 seat Adelaide Arena, home of the four time National Basketball League champions the Adelaide 36ers and home of five time Women's National Basketball League champions the Adelaide Lightning.

The A$16 million arena, the largest purpose built basketball stadium in Australia, opened in 1992 as the Clipsal Powerhouse before a change of sponsorship saw a name change to the Distinctive Homes Dome in 2002. This lasted until 2009 when it became known as The Dome, and in 2010 the venue was renamed the Adelaide Arena. The main basketball court at the arena is known as the Brett Maher Court in honour of 36ers games record holder and three time championship winning captain Brett Maher.

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

Findon is primarily serviced by Findon Road and Crittenden Road, both of which pass through the suburb. Grange Road links Findon to Adelaide city centre and the coast.[8]

Public transport[edit]

Findon is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]

Buses[edit]

The suburb is serviced by buses run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°54′22″S 138°31′59″E / 34.906°S 138.533°E / -34.906; 138.533