Norwood, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Norwood town hall.jpg
The Norwood Town Hall on The Parade
Population5,953 (2016 census)[1]
Location4 km (2 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s)City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
State electorate(s)Dunstan
Federal Division(s)Sturt
Suburbs around Norwood:
College Park Stepney Maylands
Kent Town Norwood Beulah Park
Adelaide Park Lands Rose Park & Toorak Gardens Heathpool

Norwood is a suburb of Adelaide, about 4 km east of the Adelaide city centre. The suburb is in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the oldest South Australian local government municipality,[citation needed] with a city population over 34,000.


Norwood is named after Norwood, London. It was first laid out in 1847.[2] In 1970, residents organised protests and a green ban in order to stop the destruction of the Norwood Velodrome for high-rise flats.[3]


The suburb consists of four segments, being divided into north and south by the major thoroughfare of The Parade and east and west by Osmond Terrace. It is bounded on the south by Kensington Road, on the north by Magill Road, on the east by Portrush Road and on the west by Fullarton Road.[4] It is a leafy suburb many of whose streets are lined with plane trees and older houses, though in recent years, due to a State Government initiative of "urban-infill", there have been more higher density (by Adelaide standards) developments. It is now a sought-after suburb to live in, but this was not always the case.

Osmond Terrace is a street with a wide median strip featuring a prominent war memorial commemorating ANZAC soldiers who fought in the first and second World Wars.

The most visible landmarks in Norwood are the Norwood Town Hall and the Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church (previously Clayton Congregational Church) on the north east corner of Portrush Road and The Parade. Actually located in Beulah Park, the church, built over 150 years ago, is visible all the way up The Parade.


Norwood attracted many European migrants post-World War II. It still has a very high concentration of people of Italian background.[5] This is reflected in the restaurants and fashion boutiques of The Parade.[6] Norwood's heritage and bohemian character can be ascertained from the political voting patterns; it tends to be more left-wing in nature than the other eastern suburbs around it.[citation needed]


Several Adelaide Metro bus routes serve the suburb. Many route numbers and timetables were changed on 16 January 2011.[7]

These routes now run through or adjacent to Norwood [8] 300 (Suburban Connector, expanded version of former Circle line): cross city route traversing Portrush Road. B10, H30, H31: Magill Road H20, H21, H22, H23, H24, N22: The Parade 141,142: Kensington Road[9]


Norwood Oval

Norwood Oval on The Parade is home to the Norwood Redlegs, a South Australian National Football League (Australian Rules Football) team. Also the home of Adelaide Bite.


William Street in Norwood, facing west towards the Adelaide city centre

The queen of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs: hip, sassy and smitten with cafe life. The parade contains the business centre of the suburb, which includes some professional services but it is better known for its restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques and hairdressers.


Saint Bartholomew's (St Bart's) in Norwood and St Matthew's in nearby Kensington are two churches with a close association with each other, with three church ministers involved in both congregations. They are both evangelical and conservative Anglican churches, with a large number of young adult members.

Saint Ignatius Catholic Parish Church, built in the 1860s by the Society of Jesus (more commonly referred to as Jesuits) and finished by 1872, is also a significant feature in the suburb. The accompanying presbytery housed Mary MacKillop, founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, where she took refuge after her (temporary) excommunication by Bishop Sheil.

Notable residents[edit]

Many famous South Australians have resided in Norwood, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Norwood (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 August 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ [1] Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Burgmann, Verity and Meredith (1998). Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation. p. 52.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ >Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Norwood (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ "The Parade". Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. ^ [3] Archived 9 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [4] Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ [5] Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 34°55′23″S 138°37′59″E / 34.923°S 138.633°E / -34.923; 138.633