Lockleys, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 5,322 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5032
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 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 who play in the SA Amateur Football League.

Mellor Park on Henley Beach Road has a tall tree which is decorated each year as a Christmas Tree.

The local Guide group is Lockleys Guides, and the local Scout group was the 1st Lockleys Scout Troop, until it closed in March 2001.

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.


The area has several churches: St Richard of Chichester is the Anglican church, St Francis of Assisi is the Catholic Church, and a former Baptist church is no longer in use. The area also had a Uniting Church on May Terrace, but this site was recently[when?] sold and a brand new state-of-the-art building was constructed on Sir Donald Bradman Drive in front of the Adelaide College Of Divinity in Brooklyn Park.


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 one 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 Brooklyn Park.

Lockleys North Primary School[edit]

Lockleys North Primary School
Lockleys North 01.jpg
55 Malurus Avenue
Lockleys, South Australia
Coordinates 34°55′17.4″S 138°32′17.4″E / 34.921500°S 138.538167°E / -34.921500; 138.538167
Type Public
Motto Aim high
Established 1960[2]
Principal Ann O'Callaghan
Enrolment 462[3]
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Light Blue and White

Lockleys North Primary School is a coeducational grades R-7 school (5–12 year olds) located on Malurus Avenue.[4] Students come from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds due to the demographics of West Torrens area.[4]


With the expansion of the western suburbs of Adelaide the school was built in 1960.[2] The school celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open day for old scholars and old staff on 14 November 2010.[2] 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.[5]


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).[6]

In August 2010 Lockleys North Primary School built two new buildings – "Tirkandi" (Library) and "Torrens" (class rooms for year 6-7's).[4] The library was opened by Steve Georganas, MHR for the seat of Hindmarsh.[6]

The school grounds also has a soccer pitch which not only used by the school but also other clubs.[7] The gymnasium is also used for badminton by outside clubs.[8] Bicycle riding is offered in Physical Education classes as there are extensive paths along the River Torrens which is close nearby.

Special programs[edit]

Specialist programs are offered in science, physical education, music, German and Greek.[4][9]

Notable students[edit]

St. Francis School[edit]

St. Francis School is a coeducational grades R-7 school (5–12 year olds) located on Henley Beach Road.[10]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lockleys (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Site information - Lockleys North Primary School". Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australian Government. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Welcome to Lockleys North Primary School". South Australian Government. 2011-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Australia's most innovative schools gather in Melbourne". Microsoft Australia News Centre. Microsoft.com. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Lockleys North Primary School opens new $3.2 million BER library and classrooms". Steve Georganas press release. Australian Labour Party. 2010-07-23. 
  7. ^ "LATEST TITANS NEWS". Adelaide Titans Football Club. 2011-12-15. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Training sessions will be held ... at the Lockleys North Primary School 
  8. ^ "Important Dates (for Glenelg Breakers)". Glenelg Breakers Badminton Club. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-24. Glenelg Badminton Club Venues ... Lockleys North Primary School Gymnasium 
  9. ^ "Greek Language Schools". Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-24. The weekday Schools are ... Lockleys North PS 
  10. ^ "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