|Local authority||Wellington City|
|Railway station(s)||Khandallah, Box Hill, Simla Crescent|
Origin of the name
The suburb's name, which means "Resting place of God", is said to come from a homestead built in the area in 1884 by Captain James Andrew, who had recently returned from duty in India. Khandallah is named after Khandela, Rajasthan. For this reason the suburb and those surrounding it have many place names connected with the Indian subcontinent. When the railway was laid through the area by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company, Andrew is reported as insisting that the railway station be named Khandallah with the h on the end of the name.
However Edward Battersbee (also spelt Battersby) was listed in the 1864-1865 Province of Wellington electoral roll as living at Khandallah, Porirua Road on 23 April 1864 some 20 years earlier than Andrew. In addition Battersby had worked for the East India Company, thereby making him the more likely originator of the suburbs name. In January 1868 Battersbee placed his 450 acre property, named in the advertisement as Khrandalah, on the market for sale. When the formation of Onslow Borough was proposed in 1889, Khandallah was already described as a District.
The northeastern part of the suburb is dominated by a large area of parkland, which stretches north towards Johnsonville. Between then the three parks that make up this reserve land total almost 2 km² of the slopes of Mount Kaukau. The summit of this 445-metre peak, which is topped by Wellington's main television transmitter tower, provides impressive views of the harbour. Khandallah has a reputation for being one of the most affluent of Wellington's suburbs.
The village of Khandallah is a popular location, in that it holds various facilities, such as a supermarket, restaurants, a dairy and a pub.
Box Hill was named after a sentry post that was established in 1846.
During the peak development of Khandallah itself, much focus was put into Torwood Road.
Khandallah library was opened in 1953 in the middle of Khandallah village on Ganges road. The library serves an average of 1600 customers a week.
The Khandallah town hall has a capacity of 350 people and has a stage, kitchen and gallery.
Nairnville Recreation Centre features a multi-purpose sports hall suitable for basketball, netball, volleyball, and badminton. A squash court is available for hire and an upstairs community room with kitchen facilities.
Khandallah summer pool is a 30 meter non-heated outdoor summer pool at 45 Woodmancote Road.
The suburb is served by the Johnsonville Branch commuter railway which connects it to the central city and surrounding suburb. It has three railway stations; Khandallah Railway Station, Box Hill Railway Station, Wellington and Simla Crescent Railway Station. The suburb is also served by a number Metlink bus routes: number 43 and 44 Khandallah - Strathmore (Blue Route) buses and number 45 Khandallah via Ngaio.
Khandallah has three primary schools, Khandallah school, Cashmere Avenue school and St Benedict’s school. All three schools have a decile rating of 10.
Cashmere Avenue school
Cashmere Avenue school is a co-ed state primary school catering to years 0 - 6.
Khandallah school is a co-ed state primary school catering to years 0 - 6. The school has approximately 350 students. The school is on Clarke St and the site was first occupied by a school in April 1894.
St Benedict's school
St Benedict's school is a co-ed state integrated Catholic primary school catering to years 0 - 8. The school is on Nicholson Road and was opened in 1952 by Archbishop Peter Cardinal McKeefry. The school was integrated with the state school system in 1981.
- Living Heritage. (n.d.). How the suburb of Khandallah was named. Retrieved from http://www.livingheritage.org.nz/Schools-Stories/Khandallah-Street-names/How-the-suburb-of-Khandallah-was-named
- Custons Returns, Evening Post, Volume XXXI, Issue 12, 15 January 1886, Page 2
- Province of Wellington Electoral Roll, 1864-65, New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, 23 April 1864, Page 4
- Died, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 32, 3 February 1876, Page 2
- Page 8 Advertisements Column 5, Wellington Independent, Volume XXII, Issue 2630, 1 February 1868, Page 8
- The Borough of Onslow, Evening Post, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 20, 23 July 1889, Page 2
- Wellington City Libraries' Khandallah page
- Khandallah in the Cyclopaedia of New Zealand, 1897
- Cashmere Avenue school website
- Khandallah school website
- St Benedict's school
- Khandallah town hall
- Khandallah summer pool
- Nairnville Recreation Centre