Theodore, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Theodore Aerial.jpg
Aerial photo
Theodore is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°26′46″S 149°07′19″E / 35.446°S 149.122°E / -35.446; 149.122Coordinates: 35°26′46″S 149°07′19″E / 35.446°S 149.122°E / -35.446; 149.122
Population3,799 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,225/km2 (3,170/sq mi)
Gazetted5 August 1975
Area3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Brindabella
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Theodore:
Calwell Calwell Nature reserve
Conder Theodore Nature reserve
Conder Nature reserve Nature reserve

Theodore is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Tuggeranong. The postcode is 2905. The suburb is named after Edward Granville Theodore (1884–1950), a Queensland premier and deputy Prime Minister.[2] It was gazetted on 5 August 1975.[2] Streets are named after people involved with the civilian war effort during the world wars.[2] The main street through the suburb is named after Sir Lawrence Wackett KBE, DFC, AFC, who is widely regarded as the "father of the Australian aircraft industry".

At the 2016 census, Theodore had a population of 3,799 and had a median age of 33 compared to the Australian median age of 38.[1]

It is next to the suburbs of Conder and Calwell. It is bounded by the Monaro Highway and Tharwa drive. Located in the suburb is Theodore Primary School and a neighbourhood oval. It borders on Tuggeranong Hill and the Canberra Nature Park of Tuggeranong Hill nature reserve.


Green modified rhyodacite from Theodore

Deakin Volcanics of various kinds underlie the suburb. These are from the late Silurian age 414 Mya. Deakin Volcanics Rhyodacite and sediments are in the east. Deakin Volcanics red-purple and green grey rhyodacite are in the center. Deakin Volcanics green grey and purple rhyodacite are in the west. Deakin Volcanics cream rhyolite is in high south east parts. Quaternary alluvium is in the north lower parts, washed off the surrounding slopes.[3]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Theodore (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 106. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  3. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.