Torrens Park, South Australia

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Torrens Park
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 2,440 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 1,220/km2 (3,160/sq mi)
Established 1945
Postcode(s) 5062
Area 2.0 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 8 km (5 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Waite
Federal Division(s) Boothby
Suburbs around Torrens Park:
Hawthorn Kingswood Netherby
Lower Mitcham Torrens Park Springfield
Clapham
Lynton
Belair Mitcham
Brown Hill Creek

Torrens Park is a mainly residential inner-southern suburb of Adelaide, incorporating some of the foothills[2] and adjacent to the original "Mitcham Village".

The suburb is in the City of Mitcham local government area, the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Waite and the Australian House of Representatives Division of Boothby.

History[edit]

The name was formally submitted for approval in 1945. Torrens Park is named after Sir Robert Torrens, the third Premier of South Australia and instigator of the Torrens title land title system. Torrens Park contained "Torrens Park Estate", the residence of Sir Robert Torrens, which today forms part of the campus of Scotch College. Although the original gates have recently been removed, the original gatehouse to the Estate is still visible at the corner of Belair Road and Ayr Avenue.

Torrens Park Post Office opened on 24 August 1953 and closed in 1972.[3]

Part of today's suburb was laid out in 1917 from the estate of T. Barr-Smith;[4] various parts of the suburb were originally known as "Glenburnie", Blytheswoodville, Panchito Park, Blythwood Estate and West Mitcham.[5]

Geography[edit]

In comparison with most Adelaide suburbs, Torrens Park is quite large. The north end of the suburb is reasonably flat, but as one travels south (towards the foothills) the terrain rises and becomes hilly. Brown Hill Creek runs through the suburb from the south-east to the north-west. Due to the foothills, the rainfall in the City of Mitcham is 25-50 per cent higher than the rainfall on the Adelaide Plains.

Torrens Park is also the location of the Mitcham Square Shopping Centre.

Demographics[edit]

Torrens Park has an ageing population, with a high proportion of professionally qualified people.[1]

Politics[edit]

Traditionally, the area has been part of a "blue ribbon Liberal" seat; State member has been Martin Hamilton-Smith since 1997, and Federal member has been Andrew Southcott since 1996.

Schools[edit]

The only school actually located in the suburb is Scotch College.

Nearby Primary Schools:

  • Clapham
  • Mitcham
  • Colonel Light Gardens

Nearby High Schools:

Public transport[edit]

Public transport to Torrens Park is available through the Belair railway line, to the Mitcham (North-West), Torrens Park[6] (West) and Lynton (South-West) stations.[7] Buses are also available to and from the City along Belair Road.[8]

Route 192 terminates on Kays Road; Routes 194 and 196 pass through the suburb en route to Blackwood Station. Route 171 travels along Princes Rd serving the northern side of the suburb and then via Fullarton Road to the City.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Torrens Park (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  2. ^ The southern edge of the suburb is zoned Hills Face Zone.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Tom Elder Barr-Smith, born in 1863, was the son of businessman and philanthropist Robert Barr Smith (1824-1915). In 1920 the Barr-Smith family gave £11,000 for the endowment of the library of the University of Adelaide, and in 1928 Tom gave £30,000 for the Barr Smith Library building.
  5. ^ Torrens Park Local History - Places, City of Mitcham.
  6. ^ Local folklore/legend[citation needed] is that the bend in the railway line and the location of the Torrens Park station were planned to minimise the distance between Sir Robert Torrens' house and a railway station.
  7. ^ Prior to the "standardisation" of the Adelaide-Melbourne rail line, the suburb was also served by the now closed Clapham station.
  8. ^ To a lesser degree, buses along Fullarton Road serve the eastern side of the suburb.

Coordinates: 34°59′10″S 138°36′58″E / 34.986°S 138.616°E / -34.986; 138.616