Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Bruce is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°14′31″S 149°04′37″E / 35.242°S 149.077°E / -35.242; 149.077Coordinates: 35°14′31″S 149°04′37″E / 35.242°S 149.077°E / -35.242; 149.077
Population6,997 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,206/km2 (3,125/sq mi)
Area5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal Division(s)Canberra
Suburbs around Bruce:
Lawson Kaleen Lyneham
Belconnen Bruce O'Connor
Macquarie Aranda Black Mountain

Bruce is a suburb of the Belconnen district of Canberra, that is located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb was gazetted on 6 June 1968 and named for The Viscount Bruce of Melbourne (1883–1967), the eighth Prime Minister of Australia and the first Chancellor of the Australian National University.[2]


At the 2016 census, Bruce had a population of 6,997 people. 54.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 12.0%, India 3.3%, England 2.1%, Philippines 1.7% and South Korea 1.5%. 58.5% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 11.1%, Cantonese 2.5% and Korean 1.5%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 41.5% and Catholic 17.2%.[1]

Although, as of the late 2000s, the mean taxable income of individuals within the suburb is slightly lower than the ACT average, the suburb nonetheless is in the top decile in the Territory within the Australian Bureau of Statistics' SEIFA index of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.

Places of interest[edit]


The Fern Hill section of the suburb was originally planned as a hub for information and communications technology businesses,[citation needed] with some low-rise office buildings being developed off Thynne Street, along with a small commercial centre including a cafe. However, the area has seen considerable residential development, with densities ranging from detached houses through to four-storey apartment buildings, with commercial ground floor uses.

Street names[edit]

Suburb sign

Many of the streets in Bruce are named after people and places associated with Australian tertiary education, including:[2]

  • Agar Street – Wilfred Eade Agar, professor of zoology
  • Battye Street – James Battye, chancellor
  • Braybrooke Street – Ernest Kingston Braybrooke, professor of law
  • College Street – Canberra College of Advanced Education, now the University of Canberra
  • Crisp Circuit – Finlay Crisp, professor and Rhodes Scholar
  • Funder Street – Kathleen Funder, writer, teacher, and educational psychologist
  • Jaeger Circuit – John Conrad Jaeger, professor of geophysics and mathematics
  • Leverrier Street – Frank Leverrier, vice-chancellor
  • Mugglestone Place – Donald Mugglestone, professor of physics
  • Purdie Street – Alexander Purdie, professor of geology
  • Thynne Street – Andrew Joseph Thynne, government minister and university chancellor and vice-chancellor (who pronounced his name "thin")


Aerial view from west

The suburb is also relatively well-served by public transport, with routes R2, R3 and R4 running through it via the Calvary Hospital, Radford College, and the University of Canberra.[3][4][5] Route R9 connects the suburb to the Gunghalin light rail at Dickson.[6] Additionally, a number of cycle routes provide links to the Inner North, Belconnen Town Centre, and Kaleen.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Bruce is in the Division of Canberra.[7]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Bruce is in the Ginninderra electorate.[8]


Bruce is dominated by the greywacke of the Ordovician Pittman Formation. Bands of the black Acton Shale Member are found under the University of Canberra and the Calvary Hospital. Glebe Farm Adamellite is a coarse porphyritic micro adamellite of the Silurian age. It intrudes in the west north and southeast and southwest of University of Canberra. A triangle of Silurian age calcareous shale of the Canberra formation is in the north east of Bruce.[9]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bruce (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b ACT Planning and Land Authority. "Street and Suburb Names – Bruce". Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ Route R2 Transport Canberra
  4. ^ Route R3 Transport Canberra
  5. ^ Route R4 Transport Canberra
  6. ^ Route R9 Transport Canberra
  7. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Canberra (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  9. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.

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