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City of Mitcham

About the area

Name origin

Mitcham is named after a place in Surrey, England.

Location and boundaries

The City of Mitcham is located in Adelaide's southern suburbs, about 6 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. The City of Mitcham is bounded by the Cities of Unley and Burnside in the north, the Adelaide Hills Council area in the east, the City of Onkaparinga in the south and the City of Marion in the west. The City of Mitcham is bounded by Cross Road and the South Eastern Freeway in the north, various property boundaries and the eastern edge of Belair National Park in the east, the Sturt River in the south, and Main South Road and South Road in the west.

Included areas

The City of Mitcham includes the suburbs and localities of Bedford Park (part), Belair (part), Bellevue Heights, Blackwood, Brown Hill Creek, Clapham, Clarence Gardens, Colonel Light Gardens, Coromandel Valley (part), Crafers West (part), Craigburn Farm, Cumberland Park, Daw Park, Eden Hills, Glenalta, Hawthorn, Hawthorndene, Kingswood, Leawood Gardens (part), Lower Mitcham, Lynton, Melrose Park, Mitcham, Netherby, Panorama, Pasadena, Springfield, St Marys, Torrens Park, Upper Sturt (part), Urrbrae and Westbourne Park.

Land use

The City of Mitcham is a residential and semi-rural area. The City encompasses a total land area of about 76 square kilometres.

Transport

The City of Mitcham is served by the South Eastern Freeway (Princes Highway), Mount Barker Road and the Belair and Adelaide-Melbourne railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1837, with the village of Mitcham established in 1840. Some growth took place in the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line, with new residents attracted by the semi-rural surrounds of the foothills. Growth continued in the early 1900s, with the most significant development during the interwar period and post-war years. The population declined marginally between 1991 and 1996, falling from about 61,000 to 59,000. The population then increased slightly from 1996, rising to 62,000 in 2011. Much of the recent growth has been in the southern suburb of Craigburn Farm.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Mitcham area were the Kaurna Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Mitcham labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Mitcham to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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