Thorngate, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 180 (2006 census)[1]
177 (2001 Census)[2]
Postcode(s) 5082[3]
Location 3.3 km (2 mi) N of Adelaide city centre[3]
LGA(s) City of Prospect
State electorate(s) Adelaide (2011)[4]
Federal Division(s) Adelaide (2011)[5]
Suburbs around Thorngate:
Fitzroy Prospect Prospect
Fitzroy Thorngate Medindie
North Adelaide North Adelaide Medindie

Thorngate is an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Prospect.

This small suburb is one of South Australia's most expensive. Although sales are rare, houses on Fitzroy Terrace and Churcher Street were valued well over $1 million in 2006.[citation needed]

Aerial image of Thorngate, looking northwest. The northern boundary is marked in red and the others are the three main roads.


Formerly part of Fitzroy, the suburb is thought to be named after the original grantee of that area, one John Batty Thorngate. Arriving from Gosport, Hampshire, Thorngate was granted his land in 1840.[6]

In the early twentieth century, the first houses were built along Parkland Terrace (now known as Fitzroy Terrace) and Churcher Street on what was a small swamp.[verification needed]


Thorngate is one of Adelaide's smallest suburbs. It is bounded to the north by Carter Street, to the south by Fitzroy Terrace, in the west by Prospect Road and the east by Main North Road. The only other streets in the suburb are Churcher Street and Thorngate Street.[7]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 180 persons in Thorngate on census night. Of these, half were female.[1]

The majority of residents (76.7%) are of Australian birth, with an additional 6.7% identifying Greece as their country of birth.[1]

The age distribution of Thorngate residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 64.4% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 35.6% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]


Thorngate is in the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Adelaide and the Australian House of Representatives division of Adelaide.

The local electoral booths tend to swing strongly to the Liberal Party, even though the electoral district to which Thorngate belongs is historically marginal or leaning to the Labor Party.[citation needed]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

A BP service station sits on the corner of Carter Street and Main North Road.[7]



Thorngate is serviced by Main North Road and Prospect Road, which link the suburb to both Adelaide city centre and the northern suburbs.[7]

Public transport[edit]


The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes:[8]

  • G10
  • 221, 222
  • 224, 226F, N224
  • 225
  • 228
  • 229
  • 209F

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Thorngate (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Thorngate (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Thorngate, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Find my electorate". Australian Electoral Commission. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6. 
  8. ^ "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 

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Coordinates: 34°53′49″S 138°35′49″E / 34.897°S 138.597°E / -34.897; 138.597