Lockleys, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Population5,628 (2016 census)[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, South Australia, located in the City of West Torrens.


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,[2] 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.[3]

The area was subdivided for housing[when?]. The Hank family had substantial holdings; the Hank brothers were footballers for West Torrens Football Club, with Bob Hank winning the Magarey Medal in both 1946 and 1947.

The suburb is the home of the "EDS request management" and "EDS credit services" in the former John Martins bulk store on Pierson Street. Prior to EDS's conversion of the warehouse, this was used as a storage location for the floats used in the John Martin's Christmas Pageant.

Activities and sport[edit]

Lockleys is home to the Lockleys Football Club, known as the Demons, who play in the South Australian Amateur Football League.

The Kooyonga Golf Course is located in Lockleys and has hosted the South Australian Open Golf Championships. Kooyonga was the name of the suburb before it became Lockleys.

Lockleys is the home of the former Odeon Star cinema, now the Windsor Lockleys Cinema, on Henley Beach Road which ceased operating in August 2012.


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.


The suburb has a state primary school Lockleys North Primary School and a parochial primary school St Francis School.

Despite its name, Lockleys Primary School is located in nearby suburb Brooklyn Park.

Lockleys North Primary School[edit]

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

MottoAim high
PrincipalTyson Grinham
Enrolment462[5] (2012)
Colour(s)Light blue & white          

Lockleys North Primary School is a coeducational grades R-7 school (5–13 year olds) located on Malurus Avenue.[6] Students come from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds due to the demographics of West Torrens area.[6]


With the expansion of the western suburbs of Adelaide the school was built in 1960.[4] The school celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open day for old scholars and old staff on 14 November 2010.[4] Lockleys North Primary was one of 20 schools around Australia, (only 2 from South Australia, the other being Charles Campbell Secondary School), invited to participate in the Microsoft Innovative Schools Forum in 2011.[7]


The school houses the Lockleys North Gymnasium and up to date access to technology. There are sports fields on the grounds of the school and a range of outdoor learning areas. Lockleys North Primary School received $3,200,000 under the National School Pride (NSP) program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the Building the Education Revolution (BER).[8]

In August 2010 Lockleys North Primary School built two new buildings – "Tirkandi" (Library) and "Torrens" (classrooms for year 6-7's).[6] The library was opened by Steve Georganas, MHR for the seat of Hindmarsh.[8]

The school grounds also has a soccer pitch which not only used by the school but also other clubs.[9] The gymnasium is also used for badminton by outside clubs.[10] Bicycle riding is offered in Physical Education classes as there are extensive paths along the River Torrens which is close nearby.

St Francis School
458 Henley Beach Road

TypeCatholic school
MottoFaith, Peace, Wisdom
PrincipalRick Favilla
Colour(s)Blue & green          

Special programs[edit]

Specialist programs are offered in science, physical education, music, German and Greek.[6][11]

St Francis School[edit]

St Francis School is a coeducational grades R-6 school (5–12 year olds) located on Henley Beach Road.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lockleys (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 August 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Mannng index of SA Placenames: Lockleys". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Reflections from the Racecourse". The Mail (Adelaide). 17 (844). South Australia. 28 July 1928. p. 7. Retrieved 16 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ a b c "Celebrating 50 years of Education 1960-2010" (PDF). Xtra – Information for DECS staff. Department of Education and Children's Services. 4 (15): pg.3. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Site information - Lockleys North Primary School". Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australian Government. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "Welcome to Lockleys North Primary School". South Australian Government. 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Australia's most innovative schools gather in Melbourne". Microsoft Australia News Centre. Microsoft.com. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Lockleys North Primary School opens new $3.2 million BER library and classrooms". Steve Georganas press release. Australian Labour Party. 23 July 2010.
  9. ^ "LATEST TITANS NEWS". Adelaide Titans Football Club. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Training sessions will be held ... at the Lockleys North Primary School Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Important Dates (for Glenelg Breakers)". Glenelg Breakers Badminton Club. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. Glenelg Badminton Club Venues ... Lockleys North Primary School Gymnasium Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Greek Language Schools". Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. The weekday Schools are ... Lockleys North PS Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "St. Francis School". St. Francis School. 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.

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Coordinates: 34°54′S 138°34′E / 34.900°S 138.567°E / -34.900; 138.567