Brompton, South Australia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

AdelaideSouth Australia
Brompton, Adelaide - painted Stobie pole 2.jpg
Stobie pole in Brompton
Brompton is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°53′49.2″S 138°34′37.2″E / 34.897000°S 138.577000°E / -34.897000; 138.577000Coordinates: 34°53′49.2″S 138°34′37.2″E / 34.897000°S 138.577000°E / -34.897000; 138.577000
Population3,537 (2016 census)[1]
Location3.8 km (2 mi) NW of Adelaide city centre[3]
LGA(s)City of Charles Sturt[4]
State electorate(s)Croydon (2011)[5]
Federal Division(s)Adelaide (2011)[6]
Suburbs around Brompton:
Ridleyton Renown Park Renown Park
Ridleyton Brompton Bowden
Hindmarsh Hindmarsh Bowden
Chief Street, Brompton
Housing development in Brompton

Brompton is an inner-northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia in the City of Charles Sturt.


Brompton was established in June 1849 and quickly grew. By October of that year, two thirds of the formerly "bare common ground [was] covered with substantial and genteel cottages, thriving shops and wells of excellent water."[2]

Ovingham Post Office opened on 1 November 1879, was renamed Bowden in 1970 and Brompton in 1991.[7]


The suburb lies between Torrens Road and the Grange/Outer Harbor railway line and is bordered by Torrens Road at its northern end.[8]


The 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 3,537 persons in Brompton on census night. Of these, 48.4% were male and 51.6% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (60.4%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being China (5.7%), Greece (4.8%), England (3.3%), Vietnam (1.9%), and India (1.4).[1] Additionally, people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent made up 1.2% of the suburb

In terms of religious affiliation, 41.4% of residents attributed themselves to being irreligious, 15.8% attributed themselves to being Catholic, 8.5% attributed themselves to be Eastern Orthodox, and 6.1% attributed themselves to being Anglican.[1] Within Brompton, 91.4% of the residents were employed, with the remaining 8.6% being unemployed.[1]


Local government[edit]

Brompton is part of Hindmarsh Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Labor members Paul Alexandrides and Craig Auricht.[4]

State and federal[edit]

Brompton lies in the state electoral district of Croydon[5] and the federal electoral division of Adelaide.[6] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Peter Malinauskas[5] and federally by Steve Georganas.[6]


The local newspaper is the Weekly Times Messenger. Other regional and national newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian are also available.[9]

Community groups[edit]

The Bowden Brompton Community Centre is based at 19 Green Street, Brompton.[10] Additionally, Brompton also contains the Adelaide Croatian Club.[11]


Bowden Brompton Community School is located on Torrens Road and Immaculate Heart of Mary School is located on East Street.[12]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

Shopping and dining[edit]

The Hawker Street shopping and dining precinct, and the Brompton Hotel and the Excelsior Hotel are in the suburb.


The Hindmarsh Incinerator in Josiah Mitton Reserve, pictured facing southeast, was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1935.

There are several parks in Brompton, the largest of which is Josiah Mitton Reserve, between Wood Avenue and Burley Griffin Boulevard.[8] The reserve includes the Hindmarsh Incinerator, designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1935.[13] Completed in 1936, it is one of his two buildings in SA listed as among the 120 nationally significant 20th-century buildings in South Australia,[14] the other being the Thebarton Incinerator at Thebarton. Other notable parks within Brompton include Stormrage Reserve, Thomas Harkness Reserve, and Ethelbert Reserve.


From 1949 until 1979, Brompton was the home to the world-famous Rowley Park Speedway located on the corner of Torrens Road and Coglin Street. Rowley Park was a 358 metres (392 yards) dirt track speedway built in the old Brompton Brick Pits and operated 23 meetings per season (usually October to April) on Friday nights and was capable of holding over 10,000 spectators. The speedway hosted numerous Australian and South Australian speedway championships through its history. From 1954 until 1973, the speedway was promoted by leading Adelaide identity Kym Bonython who made Rowley Park 'the' place to be in Adelaide on a Friday night during summer. Rowley Park closed on 4 April 1979 and is now the site of the Kym Bonython housing estate.

In 1965, Rowley Park was the site of Australia's first Demolition derby.



Brompton is primarily serviced by Torrens Road, which connects the suburb to Adelaide city centre. Hawker Street cuts through the centre of the suburb.[8]

Many of the local streets were established in the 19th century. Consequently, roadways tend to be narrow and, with a small volume of traffic, quiet.[15]

Public transport[edit]

Brompton is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[16]


There is no train stop in Ridleyton but the Grange and Outer Harbor railway lines pass nearby. The closest station is Bowden. On the Gawler railway line the closest station is Ovingham.


The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes:[16]

  • 230 232
  • 250, 251, 252
  • 253, 254, N254

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Brompton (State Suburb)". Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Brompton, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members" (PDF). City of Charles Sturt. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Find my electorate: Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b c Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6.
  9. ^ "South Australian Newspapers". Australia G'day. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  10. ^ "The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc". Official website. The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  11. ^ "The Croatian Club". Official website. The Croatian Club Inc. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian Schools Directory". Australian Schools Directory. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  13. ^ Building Details - Architects of South Australia > Hindmarsh Incinerator Accessed 13 May 2014.
  14. ^ 120 notable buildings - Australian Institute of Architects Archived 13 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 8 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton & Ovingham Local Area Traffic Management Plan" (PDF). Tonkin Consulting. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Bus Timetables in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

External links[edit]