St Clair, South Australia

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St Clair
South Australia
St Clair Entrance, Actil Avenue, St Clair, South Australia.jpg
Entrance Sign on Actil Avenue
Established 2012
Postcode(s) 5011
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt
State electorate(s) Cheltenham
Federal Division(s) Port Adelaide
Suburbs around St Clair:
Cheltenham Pennington Athol Park
Cheltenham St Clair Woodville North
Albert Park Woodville Woodville North

St Clair, South Australia is a suburb of Adelaide in the City of Charles Sturt. St Clair is geographically located with in the Hundred of Yatala, and was first recorded as the name for the suburb on the 6th November 2012 by the Surveyor General of South Australia. The suburb is bounded by Cheltenham Parade, Torrens Road, Woodville Road and the Outer Harbor train line.


The name "St Clair" was chosen to reflect the history of the surrounding area, It was first used by Robert Richard Torrens as the name for the house he built in the area circa 1842. In 1850 the original house was demolished and a grander house also bearing the name "St Clair" was built adjacent the current Woodville road, this house survived into the mid 20th century.[1]

In 2007 the South Australian Jockey Club signed a deal with developers AVJennings and Urban Pacific to develop the former Cheltenham Park Racecourse for housing.[2]

St Clair Village was opened on 1 May 2013 by the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill. The centre is home to a Coles Supermarket and 10 speciality shops.[3]

Construction work on the new St Clair station on the Outer Harbor railway line commenced in June 2013, with the station opening on 23 February 2014.[4][5][6][7]


'St Clair' is also the name of the longstanding local park adjacent to the new suburb. The land was originally part of Bower's Estate, on which the St Clair homestead also stood on Woodville Road.[8]

The St Clair homestead was later compulsorily acquired by the Council and demolished to make way for the St Clair Recreation Centre. In 2008 the Charles Sturt Council proposed a land swap between 4.7 hectares of the Reserve (including the St Clair Oval) with an adjoining contaminated site on the former Actil factory land. This was proposed to allow residential development on the parklands and Oval site. Despite community opposition, including a legal challenge by a group of local residents, the land swap proceeded in late 2009. The Council voted 13 to 3 to proceed with the land swap and transfer the land to the State Government's Land Management Corporation (now known as Renewal SA). This was despite concerns raised by local residents over the unequal nature of the swap (in both land value and open space) and the loss of the park. As of July 2013, the original park remains undeveloped. The Parliament's Upper House has voted to launch another inquiry into the swap and the South Australian chapter of the Returned Service League has voted to support the motion to have the original park retained as a war memorial, both to realise the 1942 petition, and to honour the scattered ashes of war veterans.'[9]


St Clair is part of Woodville Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area.[10]

St Clair lies in the state electoral district of Cheltenham[11] and the federal electoral division of Port Adelaide.[12]


  1. ^ "St Clair suburb search". South Australian Government. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Racetrack now prime real estate". The Australian. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ "St Clair Village and New Entrance Open". Weekly Times Messenger. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  4. ^ Construction begins on St Clair Station Government of South Australia 19 June 2013
  5. ^ Construction begins on Adelaide's new St Clair Station Urbanalyst 25 June 2013
  6. ^ St Clair station open for passengers on 23 February 2014 Department for Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
  7. ^ "Adelaide Metro service changes during February" Railway Digest April 2014 page 17
  8. ^ Susan Marsden, A History of Woodville (Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Woodville, 1977), 81.
  9. ^ Ken McGregor, "St Clair land swap at Woodville to be investigated again following Upper House vote", Weekly Times Inner City, 25 July 2013.
  10. ^ City of Charles Sturt. "Council Ward Map". City of Charles Sturt. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Electoral Commission SA. "Cheltenham". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Australian Electoral Commission. "Localities". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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Coordinates: 34°52′16″S 138°31′48″E / 34.871°S 138.53°E / -34.871; 138.53