Urrbrae, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Old toll house.jpg
Old Toll House. Urrbrae is to the right
Population 992 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5064
Location 5.6 km (3 mi) SE of Adelaide CBD[2]
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Waite
Federal Division(s) Boothby
Suburbs around Urrbrae:
Highgate Myrtle Bank Glen Osmond
Netherby Urrbrae Mount Osmond
Netherby Springfield Brown Hill Creek

Urrbrae is a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Mitcham.

Located at the foot of the Adelaide Hills, it is bordered on the east by the South Eastern Freeway, and the Old Toll House, which marked the traditional entrance to the city of Adelaide in the 19th century.


In the early 1850s, Robert Forsyth Macgeorge bought land in the area and built a house, naming the estate Urrbrae after the village of Urr in Scotland; the word brae refers to a hillside, especially near a river or creek.[3][4] One notable son was the architect James Macgeorge (1832–1918).


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 992 persons in Urrbrae on census night. Of these, 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (71.4%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (6.3%) and South Africa (2.2%).[1]

The age distribution of Urrbrae residents is comparable to that of the greater Australian population. 70.9% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 29.1% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]


Urrbrae House Historic Precinct[edit]

Urrbrae House

Urrbrae House is a two-storey, bluestone mansion located on Walter Young Avenue, on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide.[3] Not the suburb's namesake, the current house was actually completed in 1891 by the philanthropist Peter Waite, replacing the original single-storey home of Robert MacGeorge, which was for many years rented by Edward Stirling Snr.[5] It was probably Waite, a Scot like MacGeorge, who opted to carry on the name Urrbrae.[4]

For many years, Urrbrae House was the family home of Waite, his wife Matilda and their family. After Peter and Matilda's death, the house was bequeathed to the University of Adelaide, being handed over in February 1923 by the couple's two daughters.[3]

Urrbrae House was the first home in Adelaide to be electrified.[6][4]

The house and its surrounds now constitute the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct within the university campus.[7]

St Paul's Retreat Monastery[edit]

On Cross Road, in the suburb's north, lies the Roman Catholic monastery of St Paul's Retreat. Formerly an oriental-style mansion named The Glen, the house was occupied for several years by a retired Indian judge. Later, the house passed to the Boothby family before being sold in 1896 to the Passionist Catholic order.[6]

As well as the monastery, St Paul's Retreat includes a convent and other facilities lying outside the suburb.

Waite Research Precinct[edit]

As well as the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus, the precinct contains:

University of Adelaide Waite Campus[edit]

The University of Adelaide's Waite Campus is primarily located in the west and southwest of Urrbrae, extending into the neighbouring suburbs of Springfield and Brown Hill Creek.

Developed on land bequeathed by the late owner of Urrbrae House, Peter Waite, Waite Campus holds several research facilities, namely,


There are parks and small reserves throughout the suburb.



Cross Road forms the northern boundary of Urrbrae and Fullarton Road forms part of the eastern boundary.

Public transport[edit]

Urrbrae is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Urrbrae (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Urrbrae, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Postcodes-Australia.com. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Urrbrae House". University of Adelaide official website. University of Adelaide. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stately Homes". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 2 June 1928. p. 13. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Urrbrae". City of Mitcham official website. City of Mitcham. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
    The page also contains information about:
    • Urrbrae House;
    • Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, which includes Urrbrae House, the Coach House and Stables, Waite Arboretum and the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide;
    • Birksgate, built 1851, demolished in 1971 to establish Miramonte;
    • The Glen, built in the 1840s, sold to the Passionist Catholic order in 1896, is now the monastery of St Paul's Retreat;
    • Hartly Bank, which became Claremont in the mid-1860s, and
    • Alverstoke, adjacent to Claremont.
  7. ^ "Urrbrae House Historic Precinct". University of Adelaide official website. University of Adelaide. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d "The Waite Campus". University of Adelaide official website. University of Adelaide. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
    The page also contains links to:
    • Urrbrae House Historic Precinct;
    • Waite Research Institute;
    • Waite Arboretum;
    • Waite Conservation Reserve;
    as well as information about the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.
  9. ^ "Background". Australian Wine Research Institute official website. Australian Wine Research Institute. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Profile – Location". Australian Wine Research Institute official website. Australian Wine Research Institute. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • "City of Mitcham". Official website. City of Mitcham. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  • "City of Mitcham". Local Government Association of SA. Local Government Association of SA. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  • "The Monastery". Official website. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

Coordinates: 34°58′01″S 138°38′10″E / 34.967°S 138.636°E / -34.967; 138.636