Lockleys, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Lockleys is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°55′30″S 138°31′52″E / 34.925°S 138.531°E / -34.925; 138.531Coordinates: 34°55′30″S 138°31′52″E / 34.925°S 138.531°E / -34.925; 138.531
Population5,987 (SAL 2021)[1]
LGA(s)City of West Torrens
State electorate(s)West Torrens,
Federal division(s)Hindmarsh
Suburbs around Lockleys:
Fulham Gardens Kidman Park Flinders Park
Fulham Lockleys Underdale
West Beach Adelaide Airport Brooklyn Park

Lockleys is an inner western suburb of Adelaide, in the City of West Torrens.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data from May 2021 revealed that Adelaide's western suburbs had the lowest unemployment rate in South Australia.[2]


The area was inhabited by the Kaurna people before the British colonisation of South Australia.[3]

The area was subject to flooding by the River Torrens, which originally ran into an area named "The Reedbeds" in the upper reaches of the Port River. In the 1930s the Torrens Channel, also named Breakout Creek, was cut through the coastal dunes to Gulf St Vincent, to drain the wetlands and eliminate the flooding. A large part of Lockleys is within a bend of the River Torrens.

Hence, prior to subdivision, the area was renowned for its rich soil, market gardens and greenhouses. The name comes from a property (section 145) owned by Charles Brown Fisher,[4] then Edward Meade Bagot and Gabriel Bennett, who built a course there for amateur horse racing. The property was rented by trainers J. Eden Savill and C. Leslie Macdonald for their Lockleys Stables where many good racehorses were prepared.[5]

Hank family[edit]

The area was divided for housing. However, the Hank family lived on Torrens Avenue, Lockleys [6] and had established 11 acres[7] of market garden there after world war I.[7] The Hank brothers (Ray, Bill and Bob) all attended the Lockleys Primary School[7] in Brooklyn Park and would all become footballers for the West Torrens Football Club in the SANFL. Bob Hank would go on to become an AFL Hall of Fame inductee, winning the Magarey Medal in both 1946 and 1947 and winning a record 9 league best and fairest awards for his club. A pavilion in the eastern grandstand at Adelaide Oval is named the Bob Hank Pavilion [8] and the grandstand at Thebarton Oval is named the Hank Brothers Stand after these Australian Football legends. Bob Hank also famously clean bowled Sir Donald Bradman in a District Cricket final in March 1947 whilst playing for the West Torrens Cricket Club against Bradman's Kensington Cricket Club.[9]

John Martin's warehouse[edit]

The former John Martin's department store had a bulk warehouse on Pierson Street, which was also a storage location for the floats used in the company's annual Christmas Pageant.[10][when?] The warehouse was converted by EDS for a data and call centre, which opened in 1996,[11] and later owned by the Maras Group and operated by Westpac as a mortgage processing centre.[10] In September 2021 a development application was announced for rezoning the call centre and adjacent child care centre, to allow a medium density residential development to be built on the site.[12]

Windsor Theatre[edit]

The Windsor Theatre, located at 362 Henley Beach Road, was originally built as a RSL hall in March 1925,[13] with the construction cost of £3,800 covered by community fund-raising,[14] with much of it donated by John Mellor.[15] It was called the Lockleys Memorial Hall. On 10 October in the same year, the hall was used by Lyric Theatres Ltd to screen a film, and soon became a successful movie theatre.[14] At some point it was named the Odeon Star (indicating ownership by D. Clifford Theatres).[16]

The Windsor Group acquired the cinema in October 1948, renaming it as the Windsor Theatre,[14] and by 1949 the lease had been acquired by Ozone Theatres Ltd.[17] During the 1950s the cinema was substantially upgraded. The "Nostalgia Walk" was created, with hundreds of original movie posters lining the walls.[14] It seated 500 people, and was the first cinema in Adelaide to sell popcorn.[18]

The Windsor ceased operating in August 2012, and remained mostly vacant for a couple of years after that. In 2018, the theatre was purchased by the City of West Torrens.[14], who demolished it in early 2021 [15]despite public debate and much resistance from organisations which saw its heritage and cultural value to the area.[19] During demolition, a hidden basement was rediscovered, containing a kitchen and supper room.[14]


Lockleys is home to the Lockleys Football Club, known as the Demons, who play in the South Australian Amateur Football League.[20] AFLW player Ebony Marinoff played for the club,[21] as well as former AFL player Jimmy Toumpas.

The Lockleys Football Club facilities are shared with the West Torrens Baseball Club.[22] The South Australian Badminton Association is also located in Lockleys, neighbouring the football club and baseball club.[23] The Kooyonga Golf Club is also located in Lockleys. Kooyonga was the name of the suburb before it became Lockleys.


Lockleys is in the City of West Torrens local government area, split between the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Colton and electoral district of West Torrens, and in the Australian House of Representatives Division of Hindmarsh.


Lockleys North Primary School
Lockleys North 01.jpg
55 Malurus Avenue

Coordinates34°55′12″S 138°32′17″E / 34.920°S 138.538°E / -34.920; 138.538 (Lockleys North Primary School)
MottoAim high
PrincipalTyson Grinham
Enrolment462[25] (2012)
Colour(s)  Blue
St Francis School
458 Henley Beach Road

Coordinates34°55′27″S 138°31′34″E / 34.9243°S 138.5261°E / -34.9243; 138.5261 (St Francis School)
TypeCatholic school
MottoFaith, Peace, Wisdom
PrincipalPhil Schultz
Enrolment438[26] (2020)
Colour(s)  Blue

Two schools are located in Lockleys – Lockleys North Primary School and St Francis School. Despite its name, Lockleys Primary School is located in neighbouring suburb Brooklyn Park.

Lockleys North Primary School[edit]

Lockleys North Primary School is a coeducational grades R-6 school located on Malurus Avenue.[27] Students come from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds due to the demographics of West Torrens area.[27]


With the expansion of the western suburbs of Adelaide the school was built in 1960.[24] The school celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open day for old scholars and old staff on 14 November 2010.[24]


In July 2010, two new school buildings opened – "Tirkandi" (Library) and "Torrens" (classrooms for year 6-7's).[27] The library was opened by Steve Georganas, the Member of Parliament for the seat of Hindmarsh.[28] The school grounds also have a soccer pitch which have not only used by the school, but also local sporting clubs.[29] The gymnasium has also been used for badminton by local sporting clubs.[30]

Special programs[edit]

Specialist programs are offered in science, physical education, music, German and Greek.[27][31]

St Francis School[edit]

St Francis School is a coeducational grades R-6 school located on Henley Beach Road. It is a private Catholic school.[32]


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  4. ^ "Manning index of SA Placenames: Lockleys". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Reflections from the Racecourse". The Mail (Adelaide). Vol. 17, no. 844. South Australia. 28 July 1928. p. 7. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Kay, Brian (2003). The Master: the Bob Hank Story. Norwood SA: Peacock Publications. p. 11.
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  10. ^ a b Westpac Home Ownership Service Centre Maras Group. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  11. ^ Westpac sells off call centre workers The Guardian, 15 August 2001 – via Communist Party of Australia. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  12. ^ Lockleys Code Amendment - for consultation.pdf PlanSA Portal. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
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  16. ^ Hennessy, Antoinette (2016). Entertaining the Classes: An archaeological investigation of historic cinemas in Metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia, and their development in relation to social class, 1896-1949 (MA). Flinders University. p. 97. Retrieved 18 December 2022.PDF
  17. ^ "Hugh Waterman and sons extend the Ozone cinema chain from Adelaide's Semaphore in 1911 to eastern states". AdelaideAZ. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  18. ^ "The Windsor Theatre". Jims Urbex Adelaide. 5 July 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  19. ^ Conlin, Thomas (26 March 2014). "Windsor Cinema at Lockleys faces demolition when its future is considered by the West Torrens Council". Herald Sun. Melbourne. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  20. ^ "South Australian Architecture Awards 2021 Winners Announced". InDaily. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  21. ^ Lordonic, Marissa (22 March 2022). "Its been a wild ride: Inaugural Crow Marinoff reflects on 50 AFLW games". EPSN. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  22. ^ "West Torrens Baseball Club". West Torrens Baseball Club. 17 July 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  23. ^ "South Australian Badminton Association". Retrieved 17 July 2021.
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  25. ^ "Site information - Lockleys North Primary School". Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australian Government. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  26. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). web.archive.org. 10 October 2022. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2022. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
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  28. ^ "Lockleys North Primary School opens new $3.2 million BER library and classrooms". Steve Georganas press release. Australian Labour Party. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  29. ^ "LATEST TITANS NEWS". Adelaide Titans Football Club. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. Training sessions will be held ... at the Lockleys North Primary School
  30. ^ "Important Dates (for Glenelg Breakers)". Glenelg Breakers Badminton Club. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2012. Glenelg Badminton Club Venues ... Lockleys North Primary School Gymnasium
  31. ^ "Greek Language Schools". Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. The weekday Schools are ... Lockleys North PS
  32. ^ "St. Francis School". St. Francis School. 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.

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