Chisholm, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Chisholm IBMap-MJC.png
Coordinates 35°25′27″S 149°7′21″E / 35.42417°S 149.12250°E / -35.42417; 149.12250Coordinates: 35°25′27″S 149°7′21″E / 35.42417°S 149.12250°E / -35.42417; 149.12250
Population 5,238 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,690/km2 (4,380/sq mi)
Established 1982
Gazetted 5 August 1975
Postcode(s) 2905
Area 3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
District Tuggeranong
Territory electorate(s) Brindabella
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Chisholm:
Richardson Fadden Macarthur
Bush Chisholm Richardson
Richardson Richardson Canberra Nature Park

Chisholm is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Tuggeranong, named after Caroline Chisholm.[2]

It was gazetted on 5 August 1975, and streets are named after notable women.[2]

It is nearby suburbs of Gilmore, Fadden, and Richardson. It is bounded by Isabella Drive, and the Monaro Highway. Chisholm and Gilmore are separated by Simpsons Hill, which provides some wilderness with walking tracks over it, popular for walking dogs.


On Census night 2011, Chisholm had a population of 5,238 people. The median age of people in Chisholm was 33 years, compared to a median age of 34 for Canberra. Unemployment in Chisholm was half a percent lower than the Canberra average. The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Chisholm in 2011 was $850, compared to the ACT average of $917, while the median weekly household income was $1,958. In 2011 the median monthly housing loan repayment in Chisholm was $2,000.[1]

The residents of Chishlom are predominantly Australian born, with 81.7% being born in Australia. The three main countries of birth for those born overseas were England, 3.3%, New Zealand, 1.5%, and the Philippines, 0.7%. The most popular religious affiliations in descending order are Catholic, no religion, Anglican, Presbyterian and Reformed and Uniting.[1]

Suburb amenities[edit]

View of Chisholm from Macarthur Hill

Caroline Chisholm School caters for students from Pre school to Year 10. Chisholm High School, now the Senior Campus opened in 1985; the school won the RAIA Canberra Medallion for Outstanding Architecture the following year The senior campus caters for students in Years 6 to 10 and offers a Middle Years Program. Chisholm Primary School, now the Junior Campus caters for students in Preschool to Year 5. Both schools are located on Hambidge Crescent.[3]

The Chisholm Group Centre is located on Halley Street and Benham Street and has a variety of shops and service outlets. These include a Coles supermarket, tavern, restaurants, general practitioner, dentist, BP service station, Fire Station, Rugby union club, child care and several other businesses. Chisholm also has several sporting facilities: the Chisholm District Playing Fields located on Proctor Street, the Chisholm Neighbourhood Oval on Alston Street and The Pines Tennis Club on Norris Street.

Chisholm is serviced by several ACTION bus routes. Routes 66 and 67 run between the Tuggeranong and Woden Interchanges every 20 to 60 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional service 267 runs during peak hour from the Tuggeranong Interchange to City West and follows the same route through Chisholm as 67. Routes 268 and 269 also run during peak hour, from City West to Theodore. Flexibus service 966 leaves the Tuggeranong Interchange every hour from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the Erindale Shops every hour from 8:00pm to 11:00 p.m., and services the suburbs of Chisholm, Gilmore and Richardson.[4]


2016 Federal Election[5]
  Labor 49.55%
  Liberal 36.09%
  Greens 9.11%
  Bullet Train for Canberra 5.24%
2016 ACT Election[6]
  Liberal 42.0%
  Labor 32.4%
  Australian Sex Party 9.4%
  Greens 4.6%
  Liberal Democrats 2.5%

Chisholm is located within the federal electorate of Canberra, which is currently (2016) represented by Gai Brodtmann in the House of Representatives. In the ACT Legislative Assembly, Chisholm is part of the electorate of Brindabella, which elects five members on the basis of proportional representation, currently three Liberal and two Labor.[7] Polling place statistics are shown to the right for the Chisholm polling place at Caroline Chisholm School in the 2016 federal[5] and 2016 ACT[6] elections.


The rocks underneath Chisholm are two kinds of volcanic rock that erupted from volcanos in the Silurian period. The name of the member is called Deakin Volcanics. Rhyolite occurs throughout the suburb. Rhyodacite is found around the hill in the east of Chisholm. These rocks can be quite colourful as a result of alteration by water, and can be cream, grey, green, red or purple. The age of the rocks is 414 Mya.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Chisholm (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 18. ISBN 1-86331-128-9. 
  3. ^ "Caroline Chisholm School". Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ ACTION Buses(2006)ACTION Buses. Retrieved 3 July 2006
  5. ^ a b "Federal Election 2016 - Polling Place Chisholm". Australian Electoral Commission. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "2016 Results for Brindabella Candidates at Chisholm Polling Place". ACT Electoral Commission. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Current members". ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.