Curtin, Australian Capital Territory

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Curtin
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Curtin IBMap-MJC.png
Population 5,175 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,078/km2 (2,792/sq mi)
Established 1962
Postcode(s) 2605
Area 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
District Woden Valley
Territory electorate(s) Murrumbidgee
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Curtin:
Yarralumla Deakin
Weston Curtin Hughes
Weston Lyons Phillip

Curtin is a suburb in Canberra, Australia, part of the Woden Valley district; its postcode is 2605.

Curtin is named after John Curtin, Australian Prime Minister between 1941 and 1945. Its streets are named after state premiers.[2]

It is next to the suburbs of Yarralumla, Deakin, Hughes, Lyons and Weston. It is bounded by the Cotter Road, Tuggeranong Parkway, Yarra Glen and a green strip between it and Lyons to the south.

Curtin shopping centre offers the following services: Coles supermarket, post office, newsagent, bank, real estate agent, chemist, fish and chip shop, bottle shop, hairdresser, barber, travel agent, optometrist, florist, bakery, greengrocer and numerous cafes and coffee shops. The basement level of the western building, 44 Curtin Place, houses a book shop and a Nepalese restaurant. Of note is the Curtin Milk Bar which is the longest running cafe in the area. Its style and format has not changed since the 1970s and is still very popular.[3] Nearby is Curtin Scout Hall.

Areas of Curtin were designed in accordance with the Radburn model of suburban design and public housing. In Australia, the Radburn model was used in the planning of some Canberra suburbs developed in the 1960s, in particular Charnwood, Curtin and Garran, and a small part of Hughes. These pockets of Radburn design have not seen the same anti-social and crime-related problems that have plagued similar areas in Western and South-Western Sydney, such as Mt Druitt.

The Canberra bushfires of 2003 destroyed four Curtin homes and caused damage to others. The Emergency Services Bureau, based in Curtin, which was the centre of command for the firefighting operation, came under threat itself when its roof caught fire.

The suburb celebrated the fifthieth anniversary of the arrival of its first residents in 2014. As part of that celebration, the Canberra & District Historical Society, which is headquartered at the shops, helped local residents to record oral histories of their memories. They can be accessed on a Web site called Curtin Living Memories.[4] Residents subsequently compile and published a book on life in the suburb called, Curtin Turns 50.[5]

Geology[edit]

Curtin has much Mount Painter Volcanics dark grey to grey green crystal tuff. Some cream rhyolite is found in the far east along Yarralumla creek, which runs through the edge of the suburb. Sediments such as shale and sandstone are found in the far north east corner north of Yarralumla creek. To the west of Curtin there are horse paddocks that contain sequence of rocks getting younger as you head west. First a band of Mount Painter Volcanics cream rhyolite, followed by a band of Yarralumla Formation calcareous shale, followed by Deakin Volcanics purple and green tuff, and lastly Deakin Volcanics green-grey and purple rhyolite. All of these rock types are from the Silurian age.[6]

Features[edit]

Primary Schools[edit]

Curtin shopping centre

Pre Schools[edit]

Churches[edit]

Accommodation[edit]

  • Fred Ward Gardens nursing home[8]
  • L’Arche Genesaret special needs housing[9]
  • Statesman Hotel[10]

Parks[edit]

  • South Curtin neighbourhood oval
  • Illoura Community Horse Holding Paddocks
  • North Curtin Horse Paddocks
  • North Curtin Oval

Services[edit]

  • QEII Family Centre[11]
  • Canberra & District Historical Society[12]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 35°19′30″S 149°04′40″E / 35.32500°S 149.07778°E / -35.32500; 149.07778