Melba, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Melba IBMap-MJC.png
Population 3,200 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,390/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Established 1972
Postcode(s) 2615
Area 2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
District Belconnen
Territory electorate(s) Ginninderra
Federal Division(s) Fraser
Suburbs around Melba:
Fraser Spence Evatt
Flynn Melba Evatt
Latham Florey Florey

Melba (postcode: 2615) is a residential suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The suburb of Melba is named after Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), the first internationally recognised Australian opera soprano. The streets are named after composers, singers and other musically notable Australians or people with strong Australian connections.[2]


As at the 2011 Australian census, Melba had a population of 3,200 persons.[1]


Located in Melba are a government run primary school (Mount Rogers Community School), and a merged secondary school, Melba Copland Secondary School, a merge of Melba High School and Copland College.

Melba Tennis Club and its eight courts are located adjacent to the playing fields. A former member of the club is Annabel Ellwood, whose highest ranking on the WTA Women's Professional Tour was 57 for singles and 60 for Doubles in 1997. She once defeated Jennifer Capriati at the US Open and partnered Patrick Rafter at the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in Perth. Ellwood's name appears on the honour board in the clubhouse.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Melba is in the Division of Fraser.[3]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Melba is in the Ginninderra electorate.[4]


A porphyry of Green-grey Dacitic intrusive containing large white Feldspar crystals is found in the north east corner. Green grey dacitic tuff from the Hawkins Volcanics occur on the south east side of Melba. Green grey dacite and quartz andesite occur in the north west to the south east. This is intruded by a band of Glebe Farm Adamellite. Deakin Volcanics purple rhyodacite with a patch of purple and green tuff are in the south west. The Deakin Fault runs north west through Melba and is marked by quartz.

People honoured in the streets of Melba[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Melba (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fraser (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 35°12′30″S 149°03′15″E / 35.20833°S 149.05417°E / -35.20833; 149.05417