Woodcroft, South Australia

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Woodcroft
AdelaideSouth Australia
Woodcroft is located in South Australia
Woodcroft
Woodcroft
Coordinates 35°06′00″S 138°33′00″E / 35.100°S 138.55°E / -35.100; 138.55Coordinates: 35°06′00″S 138°33′00″E / 35.100°S 138.55°E / -35.100; 138.55
Population 11,156 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1969
Postcode(s) 5162
Location 20 km (12 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Onkaparinga
Region Southern Adelaide[2]
County Adelaide[3]
State electorate(s) Hurtle Vale
Federal Division(s) Kingston
Suburbs around Woodcroft:
Old Reynella Reynella East Happy Valley
Morphett Vale Woodcroft Chandlers Hill
Hackham Onkaparinga Hills Clarendon

Woodcroft is a metropolitan suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, located 20 km south of the Central Business District of Adelaide. It is bordered to the north by Reynell Road, to the south by Bains Road, to the west by Panalatinga Road Road and by the Hills Face Zone to the east. The Panalatinga Creek also runs through the suburb.

History[edit]

The first Europeans settled in 1869 by Robert Wright and his wife Mary, who built a small limestone and mud dwelling on 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land 3 km east of John Reynell's settlement at Reynella.

In 1897 vigneron Richard Mostyn Owen (c1874-1941) established his Mount Hurtle winery and built a homestead called Woodcroft Farm, from which the suburb took its name.

Although traces of Wright's dwelling still exist in a small park named after him, and Mount Hurtle is a still a boutique winery, both settlements passed out of their respective families in the 1970s into the hands of the South Australian Lands Commission and the entire area was subdivided into housing in the early 1

In 2007 the Vines caravan park which was located on Sir James Hardy Way closed to make way for a retirement village. Woodcroft Park caravan park is still operating and is located at Lot 1 Bains Road Woodcroft 5162.

The area always was, and always will be, Sovereign First Nations land.

Demographics[edit]

Woodcroft is considered a working middle class suburb with a high proportion of residents employed as Intermediate Clerical, Sales and Service Workers and in Retail Trade.[4] Demographically, Woodcroft is dominated by young, Australian-born families purchasing their own home (60% of the population is below 40 years of age).

Schools[edit]

Woodcroft has a single state-run primary school "Woodcroft Primary School". Public students living in Woodcroft are zoned into the nearby high schools, "Reynella East College" formerly known as "Reynella East High School" and Wirreanda High School. "Woodcroft Primary School" has 44 class rooms with about 1000 students.

Woodcroft College is an Anglican combined primary and secondary school in the area, although it is technically located in Morphett Vale.

Transport[edit]

Woodcroft is serviced by the 733/732/723/722 buses as well as an Adelaide Metro Transit Link service and the bus interchange station in Reynella. It is not serviced by any active train lines, the nearest station being Lonsdale, 8 km to the west of Woodcroft, on the Seaford railway line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woodcroft (SA) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 April 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Search result for "County of Adelaide, CNTY" with the following data sets selected - "Counties" and "Local Government Areas"". Property Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/f915fd504670cc5cca256d01007f414f?OpenDocument