Norwood, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
The Norwood Town Hall on The Parade
|Population||5,802 (2011 census)|
|Location||4 km (2 mi) from Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters|
Norwood is a suburb of Adelaide, about 4 km east of the Adelaide city centre. The suburb is in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the oldest South Australian local government municipality, with a city population over 34,000.
The suburb consists of four segments, being divided into north and south by the major thoroughfare of The Parade and east and west by Osmond Terrace. It is bounded on the south by Kensington Road, on the north by Magill Road, on the east by Portrush Road and on the west by Fullarton Road. It is a leafy suburb many of whose streets are lined with plane trees and older houses, though in recent years, due to a State Government initiative of "urban-infill", there have been more higher density (by Adelaide standards) developments. It is now a sought-after suburb to live in, but this was not always the case.
The most visible landmarks in Norwood are the Norwood Town Hall and the Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church on the north east corner of Portrush Road and The Parade. Actually located in Beulah Park, the church, built over 150 years ago, is visible all the way up The Parade.
Norwood was previously a working class suburb and attracted many European migrants post-World War 2. It still has a very high concentration of people of Italian background. This is reflected in the restaurants and fashion boutiques of The Parade. Norwood's working class heritage and bohemian character can be ascertained from the political voting patterns; it tends to be more left-wing in nature than the other eastern suburbs around it.
These routes now run through or adjacent to Norwood  300 (Suburban Connector, expanded version of former Circle line): cross city route traversing Portrush Road. B10, H30, H31: Magill Road H20, H21, H22, H23, H24, N22: The Parade 141,142: Kensington Road
The Parade contains the business centre of the suburb, which includes some professional services but it is better known for its restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques and hairdressers. Each year The Parade hosts the Norwood Parade Food and Wine Festival, attracting over 80,000 visitors.
Saint Bartholomew's (St Bart's) in Norwood and St Matthew's in nearby Kensington are two churches with a close association with each other, with three church ministers involved in both congregations. They are both evangelical and conservative Anglican churches, with a large number of young adult members.
Saint Ignatius Catholic Parish Church, built in the 1860s by the Society of Jesus (more commonly referred to as Jesuits) and finished by 1872, is also a significant feature in the suburb. The accompanying presbytery housed Mary MacKillop, founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, where she took refuge after her (temporary) excommunication by Bishop Shiel.
Many famous South Australians have resided in Norwood, these including:
- women's rights campaigner, Catherine Helen Spence;
- former Premier Don Dunstan;
- Mary MacKillop (Australia's first beatified saint),
- writers C.J. Dennis and May Gibbs,
- film director Mario Andreacchio,
- The History of Kensington & Norwood, www.npsp.sa.gov.au. Retrieved 2011-01-16
- Census Data by Location, www.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 17 May 2009
Note that this map gives census district names, NOT suburb names.
- 2006 Census QuickStats : Norwood, www.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 17 May 2009
- http://www.theparadenorwood.com Retrieved 17 May 2009
- http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/publish_article/service_changes.html#eastern Retrieved 4 March 2011
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