Hendon, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Hendon is located in South Australia
Coordinates Coordinates: 34°52′19″S 138°30′54″E / 34.872°S 138.515°E / -34.872; 138.515
Population 1,373 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1921[2]
Postcode(s) 5014[3]
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location 9.8 km (6 mi) NE of Adelaide city centre[3]
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt[4]
State electorate(s) Cheltenham (2011)[5]
Federal Division(s) Port Adelaide (2011)[6]
Suburbs around Hendon:
Royal Park Queenstown Queenstown
Royal Park Hendon Albert Park
Seaton Seaton Albert Park

Hendon is a north-western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt.


Hendon aerodrome plaque

Initially part of Albert Park in the district of Woodville, the new suburb of Hendon was laid out in 1921 by Wilkinson, Sands and Wyles Ltd, on part of the land previously owned by the aviator, Harry Butler, who established the adjacent aerodrome there in 1920. Consequently, several streets were named after aircraft.[2]

The site of the "Hendon" aerodrome, also known as "Captain Butler's Aerodrome", was compulsorily acquired in July 1922 by the Civil Aviation branch of the Department of Defence, and used as the first "Adelaide Airport". By 1927 the site was becoming inadequate due to the increasing density of surrounding development and the erection of powerlines around its boundaries, so aviation operations were shifted to Parafield.[7] The Commonwealth had originally intended to fund the development of Parafield Aerodrome through the subdivision and sale of the land at Hendon, but with the end of the 1920s economic boom, these plans lapsed and the site remained as a cow pasture.[8]

Soon after the outbreak of World War II the still vacant former Hendon aerodrome was one of three sites in South Australia set up as munitions factories (the others were at nearby Finsbury, and Salisbury). The Hendon factory, used to manufacture small arms ammunition, was serviced by an adjacent railway station located on a spur from the Grange railway line;[9] after the station's closure in 1980, the rail corridor was later reused for the easternmost section of West Lakes Boulevard.

By 1947 the entire site of the former munitions factory had been acquired by Philips Electrical Industries.[10] This was a major accomplishment of the Playford Government, with the Hendon site becoming "the company's Australian headquarters, and as such, the country's largest producer of electronic components, and a major centre of technological skills and research".[11] At its peak in the late 1950s the factory employed almost 3,500 skilled workers, mostly women, who were valued for their dexterity and patience.[11] The company's activities were progressively reduced during the 1970s, but one notable feature of the period was the collaboration of the company with the Polish-Australian artist Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, a pioneer of the use of laser, sound and image technology in art.[12] The Philips factory was finally sold in 1980 to the Emanuel Group of Companies, becoming the "Hendon Industrial Park".[13][14] Tenants at the site have included the South Australian Film Corporation, which operated the Hendon Studios from 1981 until production moved to new studios at Glenside in 2011.

Groundwater contamination[edit]

In 2012 concerns emerged about the pollution of groundwater beneath Hendon and surrounding suburbs, and in May 2012 residents were advised not to use bore water for any purpose. Contaminants including perchloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), dichloroethene (DCE) and metals in groundwater and soil vapour had been detected, and noted by a consultants' report from 1992, which attributed the pollution to a former munitions manufacturing site on Philips Crescent.[15][16] The Environment Protection Authority is now "working with site contamination consultants to better characterise the current nature and extent of the contamination, and to ascertain potential risks".[17]


Hendon lies between Old Port Road to the north and West Lakes Boulevard on the south. Its western boundary is formed by Tapleys Hill Road.[18]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,117 persons in Hendon on census night. Of these, 46.1% were male and 53.9% were female.[19]

The majority of residents (65.9%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Italy (3.0%) South Eastern Europe (2.6%), England (2.5%), Poland (2.3%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2.3%).[19]

The age distribution of Hendon residents is skewed higher than the greater Australian population. 75.2% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 24.8% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[19]


Local government[edit]

Hendon is part of West Woodville Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Tolley Wasylenko and Angela Keneally.[4]

State and federal[edit]

Hendon lies in the state electoral district of Cheltenham[5] and the federal electoral division of Port Adelaide.[6] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Premier Jay Weatherill [5] and federally by Mark Butler.[6]



The suburb contains a number of parks including a reserve located between Gordon Street and Circuit Drive and another on DeHaviland Avenue.[18]


Hendon Primary School is located in the adjoining suburb of Royal Park.



Hendon is serviced by Old Port Road, connecting the suburb to Adelaide city centre, and Tapleys Hill Road, which forms its western boundary.[18]

Public transport[edit]

Hendon is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hendon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2016.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Hendon, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Postcodes-Australia.com. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members" (PDF). City of Charles Sturt. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Find my electorate: Port Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Marsden, Susan (1977): A history of Woodville. Corporation of the City of Woodville. Pp. 169-176. ISBN 0 9599828 4 1
  8. ^ Marsden 1977, p. 173.
  9. ^ Marsden 1977, p. 213-216.
  10. ^ Trove collection, National Library of Australia Hendon's new role The Advertiser, 23 April 1947. Accessed 26 March 2014.
  11. ^ a b Marsden 1977, pp. 230-232.
  12. ^ Dr Ian Macdonald: Explorer in Sound and Light, a study of the works of Joseph Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski Archived 14 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 26 March 2014.
  13. ^ Marsden, Susan (1987): A History of Woodville 1977-1987, unpublished typescript, 1987; facsimile created in 2007 and published by the Professional Historians Association (SA), 2011. Accessed 27 March 2014.
  14. ^ City of Charles Sturt > Local History Factsheet: A brief history of the suburb Hendon Accessed 26 March 2014.
  15. ^ Bore water worries for Hendon residents ABC News, Accessed 26 March 2014.
  16. ^ Tests back Hendon bore water worries ABC News, Accessed 26 March 2014.
  17. ^ Environment Protection Authority > Hendon groundwater contamination update Media release, 17 December 2013. Accessed 26 March 2014.
  18. ^ a b c Adelaide and surrounds street directory (49th ed.). UBD. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7319-2652-7. 
  19. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hendon (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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