City of Mitcham

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City of Mitcham
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population66,834 (2017)[1]
 • Density882.88/km2 (2,286.65/sq mi)
Area75.70 km2 (29.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAustralian Central Standard Time (ACST) (UTC)
MayorHeather Holmes-Ross
Council seatTorrens Park
RegionSouthern Adelaide[2]
State electorate(s)Davenport, Elder, Heysen, Waite
Federal division(s)Boothby
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WebsiteCity of Mitcham
LGAs around City of Mitcham:
City of Unley City of Burnside
City of Marion City of Mitcham Adelaide Hills Council
City of Onkaparinga

The City of Mitcham is a local government area in the foothills of southern Adelaide, South Australia. Within its bounds is Flinders University, South Australia's third largest, and the notable, affluent suburb of Springfield which contains some of the city's most expensive properties.


The council was founded on 10 May 1853 as the District Council of Mitcham and was the first local government area formally founded in South Australia after the City of Adelaide.[3][4][5] It lost the part of the council west of Goodwood Road to the District Council of Brighton (later the City of Marion) on 19 December 1854.[4] In 1871, Unley and surrounding areas were severed from the Mitcham council to create the Corporate Town of Unley.[6] It lost another area on 25 October 1883, when portions of the council around Stirling were detached to form the new District Council of Stirling.[4] It gained city status in 1947, becoming the City of Mitcham.[7]


Mitcham is one of three suburban Adelaide councils to be awarded a "Tree Cities of the World" designation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Arbor Day Foundation, along with the City of Burnside and the City of Unley, and as of July 2020 the only three in Australia.[8]



The City of Mitcham is divided into 6 wards, each of which elect 2 or 3 representatives to the Council.[9] They cover suburbs roughly as follows.[10]

Ward Suburbs
Overton Clarence Gardens, Cumberland Park, Melrose Park, Daw Park, (part of) Colonel Light Gardens
Gault Westbourne Park, Hawthorn, (most of) Colonel Light Gardens, Lower Mitcham, (part of) Clapham
Boorman Kingswood, Netherby, Urrbrae, Torrens Park, Mitcham, Springfield, Brownhill Creek, Leawood Gardens, Lynton
Babbage St Marys, Pasadena, Panorama, (part of) Clapham, Bedford Park
The Park (most of) Belair, Glenalta, (part of) Crafers West, (part of) Blackwood, Hawthorndene, (part of) Upper Sturt
Craigburn Eden Hills, (part of) Belair, (most of) Blackwood, Bellevue Heights, Craigburn Farm, (part of) Coromandel Valley

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mitcham (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "About Council". City of Mitcham. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Marsden, Susan (2012). "Local Government Association of South Australia: A History of South Australian Councils To 1936" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Thursday, May 12, 1853" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Overview History of the Unley District" (PDF). City of Unley. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Important Dates in Mitcham's History". City of Mitcham. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Recognized Communities for Australia". Tree Cities of the World. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Elected Members". City of Mitcham. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Ward Map". City of Mitcham. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.

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Coordinates: 35°1′S 138°38′E / 35.017°S 138.633°E / -35.017; 138.633