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City of Charles Sturt

About the area

Name origin

The City of Charles Sturt is named after Captain Charles Sturt, the explorer.

Location and boundaries

The City of Charles Sturt is located in Adelaide's north-western suburbs, between 3 and 14 kilometres from the Adelaide GPO. The City of Charles Sturt is bounded by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield in the north, the Cities of Prospect and Adelaide in the east, the City of West Torrens in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west. The City's boundaries are Bower Road, Old Port Road, Port Road, Earle Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Durham Terrace, Hennessy Terrace, Addison Road and Grand Junction Road in the north, Hanson Road, First Avenue, Hassell Street, Goodall Avenue, Torrens Road, Lamont Street, Harrison Road, Bolton Avenue, Alexander Avenue, the Gawler railway line and Park Terrace in the east, and the River Torrens (including its old course), Everest Street, Burnley Street, Cambridge Avenue and Rio Vista Avenue in the south.

Included areas

The City of Charles Sturt includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Allenby Gardens, Athol Park, Beverley, Bowden, Brompton, Cheltenham, Croydon, Devon Park (part), Findon, Flinders Park, Fulham Gardens, Grange, Hendon, Henley Beach, Henley Beach South, Hindmarsh, Kidman Park, Kilkenny, Ovingham (part), Pennington, Renown Park, Ridleyton, Royal Park, Seaton, Semaphore Park, St Clair, Tennyson, Welland, West Beach (part), West Croydon, West Hindmarsh, West Lakes, West Lakes Shore, Woodville, Woodville North, Woodville Park, Woodville South and Woodville West.

Economic region
City of Charles Sturt

Land use

The City of Charles Sturt is an established residential, commercial and industrial area. The City encompasses a total land area of about 56 square kilometres.

Transport

The City is served by the South Highway and the Grange and Outer Harbor railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1838 when Governor John Hindmarsh purchased what is now the suburb of Hindmarsh. Hindmarsh developed as South Australia's first secondary town. Land was used mainly for market gardening, farming and sand and gravel mining. Gradual growth took place, aided by the development of Port Road and the opening of the railway line to Port Adelaide in 1856. Many areas were opened up with the land boom of the 1870s and 1880s, with growth resuming during the interwar period. Significant residential and industrial development took place during the post-war years, continuing through to the 1970s. The population declined marginally during the early 1990s, falling from about 101,000 in 1991 to about 99,000 in 1996. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased slightly to 104,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Charles Sturt area were the Kaurna Aboriginal people.

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