McKellar, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
McKellar is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°13′03″S 149°04′34″E / 35.21750°S 149.07611°E / -35.21750; 149.07611Coordinates: 35°13′03″S 149°04′34″E / 35.21750°S 149.07611°E / -35.21750; 149.07611
Population2,746 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,960/km2 (5,080/sq mi)
Area1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around McKellar:
Evatt McKellar Lawson

McKellar (/ˈməkɛlər/) is a residential suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb is named after Colin McKellar who was Minister for Repatriation from 1964 to 1970. The suburb name was gazetted on 15 January 1974. The streets of McKellar are named for journalists with the main street of the suburb called Dumas Street.[2]

Suburb features[edit]

Aerial view of McKellar from the west

McKellar features the McKellar Oval in the centre and has panoramic prospect from Mount Ainslie to Black Mountain and Mount Majura. There is also the McKellar Pre-School, and a small football stadium and club in the north east McKellar Park. The McKellar shopping centre closed in 2012 and was demolished.


McKellar is serviced by the ACTION bus network along Dumas Street and William Webb Drive. Route 43 travels along Dumas Street to Belconnen Interchange while route 41 travels along William Webb Drive to Belconnen Interchange.[3][4]

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, McKellar is in the Division of Fenner.[5]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, McKellar is in the Ginninderra electorate.[6]


A porphyry of Green-grey Dacitic intrusive containing large white feldspar crystals is found in most of McKellar. This is intruded by a band of Glebe Farm Adamellite through the south.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "McKellar (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  3. ^ Route 43 Transport Canberra
  4. ^ Route 41 Transport Canberra
  5. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Electoral Boundaries Redistribution 2019" (PDF). Augmented ACT Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.