Kent Town, South Australia

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Kent Town
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population1,210 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,020/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Area0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Norwood Payneham St Peters
State electorate(s)Dunstan
Federal Division(s)Sturt
Suburbs around Kent Town:
Hackney College Park Stepney
Adelaide Kent Town Norwood
Adelaide Adelaide Rose Park

Kent Town is an inner urban suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.


Kent Town was named for Dr. Benjamin Archer Kent (1808 – 25 November 1864), a medical practitioner of Walsall, Staffordshire who emigrated to South Australia aboard Warrior, arriving in April 1840 with his wife Marjory Redman Kent, née Bonnar, and two children, Benjamin Andrew Kent, and Graham Eliza Kent, who in 1848 married Dr Frederick Charles Bayer (died 15 August 1867).[2] Hydraulic engineer C. A. Bayer[3] and architect E. H. Bayer[4] were sons.

Kent established a flour mill and farm which failed financially and he was obliged to return to his profession to support his family. He sold his property at a handsome profit, repaid all his creditors and returned to England.[5]

Kent Town was the location of two successive sites of the Kent Town Brewery the second of which in 1888 became the malthouse for SA Brewing, now redeveloped into apartments.


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,151 persons in Kent Town on census night. Of these, 57.1% were male and 42.9% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (62.3%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Malaysia (3.8%), India (3.7%), China (3.7%) and England (3.6%).[1]

The age distribution of Kent Town residents is comparable to that of the greater Australian population. 66.2% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 33.8% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]



Prince Alfred College is located in the suburb.




The suburb is serviced by the following main roads:

Public transport[edit]

Kent Town is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.

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  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kent Town (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Death of Dr. Bayer". South Australian Register. XXXI, (6494). South Australia. 28 August 1867. p. 2. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Mr Charles Bayer Dead". The News (Adelaide). III, (356). South Australia. 12 September 1924. p. 6. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Personal". The Express And Telegraph. XLV, (13, 535). South Australia. 20 October 1908. p. 1. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Manning Index of SA Place Names". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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Coordinates: 34°55′13″S 138°37′09″E / 34.920278°S 138.619167°E / -34.920278; 138.619167