Mawson, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Mawson shops September 2017.jpg
Part of the Mawson/Southlands shopping centre
Mawson is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°21′54″S 149°5′40″E / 35.36500°S 149.09444°E / -35.36500; 149.09444Coordinates: 35°21′54″S 149°5′40″E / 35.36500°S 149.09444°E / -35.36500; 149.09444
Population3,252 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,550/km2 (4,010/sq mi)
Area2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
DistrictWoden Valley
Territory electorate(s)Murrumbidgee
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Mawson:
Phillip Phillip Garran
Pearce Mawson Isaacs
Torrens Farrer Isaacs

Mawson (/ˈmɔːsən/) (postcode 2607) is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Woden Valley.

The suburb was gazetted in 1966 and named after the Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. The theme for street names is Antarctic exploration.[2]

Mawson is next to the suburbs of Phillip, O'Malley, Isaacs, Farrer, Torrens and Pearce. It is bounded by Yamba Drive, Beasley Street and Athlon Drive. The neighbourhood of Swinger Hill on the other side of Ainsworth Street is often associated with Mawson but is in fact part of the suburb of Phillip.

Suburb amenities[edit]

Sign outside Mawson/Southlands shopping centre
The Mawson Club

Southlands Centre is a commercial and retail centre located in Mawson. It contains a shopping centre, the Southlands Tennis Club, and a branch of the Canberra Raiders Leagues Club trading as[3] The Mawson Club.[4] Nearby are the Mawson district playing fields, Woden Golf Driving Range and Dyraaba Court Retirement Village. The Mandir Hindu Temple is located in the suburb.[5] Other religious organisations include the Salvation Army Woden Valley Corps, a Seventh-day Adventist church, a New Apostolic Church,[6] and the Australian headquarters for Gideons International.

Mawson has two schools, Mawson Primary School[7] and Canberra Christian School.[8]

Mawson Shopping Centre Panorama


Deakin Volcanics green-grey and purple rhyodacite fill the suburb.[9]

Mawson Schools[edit]

Mawson has two schools, Mawson Primary School and Canberra Christian School, both located on Ainsworth Street.

Mawson Primary School, established in 1968, had about 300 students in 2014,[10] and 483 in 2018.[11] It is notable for its Mandarin Immersion Program. The Chinese Australian Early Childhood Centre is located in the grounds of the school.[10]

Canberra Christian School had an enrolment of 46 students in 2015.[11] The school includes an early learning centre and a preschool. The school is part of the Seventh-day Adventist church.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mawson (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. ^ ACT Government; Director; Corporate Management; Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development (31 January 2017). "Notice regarding social impact assessment for The Mawson Club". maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "CCTV footage shows armed hold up of Mawson Club in August". The Canberra Times. 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Temple web site". Archived from the original on 6 November 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Locations - New Apostolic Church - Australia District". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Mawson Primary School Home page". 1 January 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  8. ^ "The Gideons International in Australia - Home". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ Henderson, G. A. M.; Matveev, G. (1980). Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs (Map). 1:50000.
  10. ^ a b Liu, Lijing (10 March 2015). "Mawson Primary School Board Report 2014" (docx). ACT Education and Training Directorate. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b Education and Training Directoate (10 December 2019). "ACT School Census August 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Mission and Values of Canberra Christian School". Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.