Florey, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Florey IBMap-MJC.png
Population4,764 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,701/km2 (4,410/sq mi)
Area2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal Division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around Florey:
Flynn Melba Evatt
Latham Florey Belconnen
Higgins Scullin, Page Belconnen
A plaque displayed at the Florey shops

Florey is a residential suburb of the Belconnen district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Florey was gazetted on 5 August 1975 and most houses were constructed in the mid-1980s. A minor industrial area was located in the suburb prior to residential development.

The suburb itself is named after Howard Florey, Baron Florey, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 for his role in the extraction of penicillin. The streets of Florey are named after Australian scientists.[2]


Aerial view of Florey, from the south west.

Florey is the closest suburb to the Belconnen Town Centre (other than the suburb of Belconnen itself), and has its own shopping centre, on the corner of Kesteven Street and Ratcliffe Crescent. The shopping centre displays a bronze plaque explaining the significance of Lord Florey's life and work.


The suburb supports three schools, the Catholic St. Francis Xavier College (7-12) and St John's Primary (K-6), and Florey Primary School.

Florey Shopping Centre (Florey Shops)[edit]

The suburb has a large town centre with a variety of shops. Florey Medical Centre is a small local clinic.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Florey is in the Fenner.[3]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Florey is in the Ginninderra electorate.[4]


Going from the north east corner to the south west, bands of the following rocks, all of Silurian age, make up the geology of Florey:

  • Green grey dacite and quartz andesite of the Hawkins Volcanics
  • The Deakin Fault
  • Calcareous shale from the Yass Subgroup
  • green grey and purple rhyodacite
  • purple rhyodacite
  • pink rhyolite
  • purple-pink rhyolite[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Florey (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Place name search". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 January 2013. (not possible to link directly to search results)
  3. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.

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Coordinates: 35°13′33″S 149°02′58″E / 35.22583°S 149.04944°E / -35.22583; 149.04944