Ovingham, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Churchill ovingham.jpg
Churchill Road, Ovingham
Population 654 (2006 census)[1]
679 (2001 Census)[2]
Established 1875[3]
Postcode(s) 5082[4]
Location 3.4 km (2 mi) N of Adelaide city centre[4]
State electorate(s) Adelaide
Federal Division(s) Adelaide
Suburbs around Ovingham:
Renown Park Prospect Prospect
Bowden Ovingham Fitzroy
Bowden North Adelaide North Adelaide
Torrens Road bisects Ovingham

Ovingham is an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the cities of Charles Sturt and Prospect.


The suburb is located between Park Terrace and the Gawler Central railway line. It is bisected by Torrens Road.[6] It includes what was for a time the suburb Hillside.


Ovingham was established in 1875 by William Whinham.[3] The portion of Ovingham in the City of Charles Sturt (the triangle bounded by the railway line, Torrens Road and Park Terrace) was previously considered to be part of Bowden, known as Bowden-on-the-Hill.[7][8]

Ovingham Post Office opened on 1 November 1879 but was renamed Bowden in 1970.[9]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 654 persons in Ovingham on census night. Of these, 48.2% were male and 51.8% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (65.9%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (4.9%) and India (2.3%).[1]

The age distribution of Ovingham residents is skewed higher than the greater Australian population. 74.6% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 25.4% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]


Local government[edit]

Part of Ovingham lies in Hindmarsh Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Paul Alexandrides and Craig Auricht.[5] The remainder of the suburb lies in the City of Prospect.

State and federal[edit]

Ovingham lies in the state electoral district of Adelaide[10] and the federal electoral division of Adelaide.[11] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Rachel Sanderson[10] and federally by Kate Ellis.[11]


Shopping and dining[edit]

The Bombay Bicycle Club, a themed hotel, is located on Torrens Road. The Ovingham Football Club, the local team, is located on Churchill Road.



Ovingham is serviced by Torrens Road, connecting the suburb to Adelaide city centre, and Park Terrace, which forms its south-eastern boundary. Churchill Road heads north out of the suburb.[6]

Public transport[edit]

Ovingham is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]


The Gawler Central railway line passes beside the suburb. The closest station is Ovingham.[12]


The suburb is serviced by buses run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ovingham (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Ovingham (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Ovingham, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Postcodes-Australia.com. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members" (PDF). City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Adelaide and surrounds street directory (49th ed.). UBD. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7319-2652-7. 
  7. ^ "BOWDEN-ON-THE-HILL.". South Australian Register. Adelaide. 25 September 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 28 August 2015 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "CHANGE OF NAME DESIRED.". The News. Adelaide. 22 October 1929. p. 7 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 28 August 2015 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "Post Office List". Premier Postal History. Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Find my electorate: Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°53′53″S 138°35′10″E / 34.898°S 138.586°E / -34.898; 138.586