Narrabundah, Australian Capital Territory
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Population||5,960 (2016 census)|
|• Density||1,454/km2 ( 3,760/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||20 September 1928|
|Area||4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)|
Narrabundah is an established garden suburb, valued for its proximity to Civic, Lake Burley Griffin, and vibrant local centres such as Manuka and the Kingston Foreshore.
Residents particularly value Narrabundah’s environment including its open spaces, parks, playgrounds, bushland landscapes, as well as its strong sense of community and diversity.
The suburb's streetscapes are characterised by mature deciduous and native street trees, charming established gardens and largely single-storey detached homes.
Street trees in Narrabundah offer colourful spring blossoms and spectacular Autumn foliage in many streets. Finniss Crescent, Carnegie Crescent, Sprent and Stuart Streets are planted with fine examples of Pin Oaks, which have rich green foliage in Summer and colour brilliantly in shades of scarlet and crimson in Autumn.
'Narrabundah' is a Ngunnawal word meaning 'bird of prey', celebrated in the sculpture in the park opposite the Narrabundah shops.
Narrabundah was gazetted as a division name on 20 September 1928. Narrabundah was the last of the ‘inner south’ suburbs to be developed, commencing in 1947, after being delayed by World War II. While early Canberra suburbs had mainly been built for public servants relocating from Melbourne, Narrabundah became Canberra's first blue collar suburb, housing mainly workers in construction and printing.
Initially named with numbers, street names in Narrabundah have since been renamed, with Indigenous culture, as well as white explorers and pioneers as the inspiration.
Narrabundah is bordered by the residential suburbs of Red Hill to the southwest, Griffith to the west and Kingston to the northwest, as well as the light industrial suburbs of Fyshwick to the east and Symonston to the southeast.
The suburb can be divided into three distinct areas.
The area to the east of Sturt and Jerrabomberra Avenues (sometimes called 'Old Narrabundah'), where the Narrabundah shops and other community facilities including the primary school, pre-school, churches and GP clinics are situated.
This part is where Narrabundah's original fibro cottages were placed for European construction workers who came to Canberra in the 1950s to help develop the city, along with government printing workers from the British Isles who worked in Kingston and Fyshwick. Soon after, in the early to mid 1950s, full-brick duplexes and cottages were also built, many of which still stand.
The second area, located between Captain Cook Crescent and Sturt Avenue, is near the Griffith shops, off the western side of Sturt Avenue.
The remaining area (sometimes called 'upper Narrabundah' or 'Narrabundah Heights') is located to the west of Captain Cook Crescent and Jerrabomberra Avenue. It rises towards the west where it borders the suburb of Red Hill. From here, panoramic views of Civic and Black Mountain, Lake Burley Griffin, Mount Ainslie and other parts of south-eastern Canberra are possible from a number of vantage points. There are also good views to Red Hill and its ridge-line. This part of Narrabundah is closer to the Red Hill and Griffith shopping areas than to the rest of Narrabundah.
Upper Narrabundah is known for its small population of urban peafowl (peacocks) with their colourful feathers. This area was once home to the residence of former Prime Minister John Gorton, who was often seen walking home from Parliament House via Manuka.
Parks are widespread, with "Rocky Knoll" or "Rocky Knob" park in upper Narrabundah and its panoramic view over Canberra a favourite.
The Narrabundah shops include Canberra's first op-shop  Vinnies (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul), restaurants (including XO and La Cantina), two daytime cafes (Mint Road and Dinner Rush at YThe Kitchen), the popular Narrabundah Takeaway (serving banh mi salad rolls, fish and chips and other quick snacks), as well as a real estate agent and property manager, pharmacy, Danny's (sourdough) Bakery famous for its Hot Cross Buns, the Narrabundah Friendly Grocer, licensed post office at the newsagency, two hairdressers and a beautician.
Narrabundah is home to two primary schools, Narrabundah Early Childhood School and St. Benedict's Primary School. It is also home to Narrabundah College, one of the top public schools for the last two years of secondary schooling in the ACT and the first in Australia to offer the International Baccalaureate.
For community matters, 'Old Narrabundah' is represented by the Old Narrabundah Community Council (ONCC), while most of the rest of the suburb is represented by the Griffith-Narrabundah Community Association. Both form part of the broader Inner South Community Council.
A sculpture has been erected opposite the shopping centre with the following inscription on a plaque:
Narrabundah: A Site Marker 1998 Susie Bleach & Andrew Townsend. This Site Marker refers to Narrabundah's social history. Narrabundah means 'little hawk' in the language of the local indigenous people. The steel elements, power poles and pebble mosiac refer to the European construction workers who made Narrabundah their home in the 1950s.— ACT Public Art Program
Narrabundah residents are typically eligible to enrol in ACT public schools as follows:
- Narrabundah Early Childhood School for pre-school to Year Two, after which it is Forrest Primary or Red Hill Primary, depending on the address.
- Telopea Park School (for the first four years of secondary schooling)
- Narrabundah College (for the last two years of secondary schooling)
One kind of rock is named after the suburb: the Narrabundah Ashstone Member which is found in the east and southeast. Rocks in Narrabundah are from the Silurian age. Some of the rocks are grey coloured tuff from the Mount Painter Volcanics. This can be viewed in a park on Brockman St. The Deakin Fault runs from Frome St. The fault line is displaced from Anembo St south to Goyder St by a north–south running fault that connects up with the South Fyshwick Fault. The South Fyshwick Fault runs east from the Narrabundah Primary School, separating ashstone in the south from the Canberra Formation in the north. Calcareous shale from the Canberra Formation lies to the north of the Deakin Fault.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Narrabundah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school/priority_placement_areas/priority-enrolment-areas-2016-by-suburb Education Directorate, Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved on May 4, 2016.
- Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.
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