Higgins, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Higgins is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°13′56″S 149°01′38″E / 35.23222°S 149.02722°E / -35.23222; 149.02722Coordinates: 35°13′56″S 149°01′38″E / 35.23222°S 149.02722°E / -35.23222; 149.02722
Population3,073 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,810/km2 (4,680/sq mi)
Area1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around Higgins:
Holt Latham Florey
Holt Higgins Scullin

Higgins is a suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb is named after politician and judge Henry Bournes Higgins (1851–1929). It was gazetted on 6 June 1968. The streets of Higgins are named after judges.[2]

Higgins had two government-run schools, Higgins Primary and Higgins Preschool (both now closed).

Political representation[edit]

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

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


Rocks in Higgins are from the Silurian age. Green grey rhyodacite of the Walker Volcanics underlie the south and center of the suburb. North of center is purple and green-grey dacite of the Walker Volcanics that was deposited before the rhyodacite. Purple pink rhyolite is found in the north east. In the north west is purple and green tuff.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Higgins (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  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.