Pialligo, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Pialligo is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°18′23″S 149°10′48″E / 35.30639°S 149.18000°E / -35.30639; 149.18000Coordinates: 35°18′23″S 149°10′48″E / 35.30639°S 149.18000°E / -35.30639; 149.18000
Population120 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density24.6/km2 (63.8/sq mi)
Gazetted20 September 1928
Area4.87 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Kurrajong
Federal Division(s)Canberra
Suburbs around Pialligo:
Fyshwick Pialligo Beard
Fyshwick Fyshwick Queanbeyan

Pialligo (postcode: 2609) is a rural suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The name Pialligo has been used for the area since at least 1820, and is probably of Aboriginal origin. It was also the name for the parish in the area. Streets in Pialligo are named with Aboriginal words.[2]

Beltana Road in Pialligo is home to many of Canberra's nurseries. Canberra Airport is located adjacent to Pialligo across Pialligo Avenue.


Quaternary alluvium covers the main western part of Pialligo. Calcareous shales from the Canberra Formation are deep underneath. The Woolshed Creek runs into the north end of Pialligo. This is a significant place, because in the bed of the creek the Rev W B Clarke first recognised Silurian fossils. These fossils were brachiopods, mostly Atrypa duntroonensis. He discovered them around 1844 century and it was the first time that Silurian rocks were identified in Australia, and at the time were the oldest known rocks in Australia. This mudstone is from the Canberra Formation.[3]

Living history[edit]

Pialligo Redwood Forest looking south

Aside from the city's design, arguably Walter Burley Griffin's longest-living legacy in Canberra is the forest of Redwood trees (both Sequoia sempervirens and Sequoiadendron giganteum) that was planted in 1918 by Walter Burley Griffin and arborist Thomas Charles Weston on Pialligo Avenue.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pialligo (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.