Blackwood, South Australia

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Blackwood
AdelaideSouth Australia
Blackwoodwarmemorial.jpg
Blackwood Soldiers' Memorial
Blackwood is located in South Australia
Blackwood
Blackwood
Coordinates Coordinates: 35°01′00″S 138°36′00″E / 35.016667°S 138.600°E / -35.016667; 138.600
Population
Established 1879
Postcode(s) 5051
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Waite
Federal Division(s) Boothby
Suburbs around Blackwood:
Panorama Belair Glenalta
Eden Hills Blackwood Hawthorndene
Bellevue Heights Craigburn Farm Coromandel Valley

Blackwood is a south eastern suburb located in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia. It is part of the local government area of the City of Mitcham.

History[edit]

The name "Blackwood" probably comes from either the Acacia melanoxylon, also known as the Australian blackwood, which grows in the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges, or the Eucalyptus odorata, which grows in Blackwood and has dark bark.[3]

The earliest reference to Blackwood was a mention of Blackwood Vale Farm in 1847, though this is in present day Glenalta.[4] One of the earliest places named for Blackwood was the Blackwood Inn[3], which opened in 1869. In 1880 it changed names to the Belair Hotel.[4] Belair Post Office opened on 3 April 1859 and was renamed Blackwood in 1881, when the Belair office was moved some distance away,[5] the first land grants in the area had been made in 1840, and various churches were established throughout the 19th century, but most development in Blackwood didn't take place until the Adelaide to Aldgate section of the Adelaide-Wolseley railway line was opened, with Blackwood railway station opening in 1883. Land was subdivided for housing at about the same time and the railway line was later connected all the way to Melbourne.[4]

Places of interest[edit]

Blackwood Soldiers' Memorial was erected in 1921 in the most prominent place in Blackwood: the five-ways roundabout, it is a place of Local Heritage, listed for being "a notable landmark in the area".[citation needed]

Wittunga Botanic Garden, originally a private property with English gardens established in 1901, is located in Blackwood and features displays of Australian and South African plants.

Blackwood High School and Blackwood Primary School are located nearby in Eden Hills.

Uniting (former Methodist), Anglican, Church of Christ, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches are located in Blackwood, as well as Pentecostal churches including the Hills Christian Family Centre and Frontier Christian centre.

Since the late nineteenth century Main Road Blackwood and surrounding areas have formed a vibrant and diverse food and retail centre.[citation needed]

Blackwood Roundabout looking South-East, January 2012
B1 train substitute bus at Blackwood roundabout

Transport[edit]

Blackwood railway station is a transport hub with buses to Adelaide and the outer Southern suburbs, and trains to Adelaide and Belair.

Residents[edit]

The suburbs of Blackwood, Glenalta and Craigburn Farm had a combined population of 6,379 in 2,596 households in 2001.[6]

Norman Tindale, an anthropologist, archaeologist and entomologist, lived in his Blackwood residence "Kurlge" from 1955 to 1969.

Glen Steel, Greens Party current mayor of Blackwood.

The hip hop group the Hilltop Hoods[citation needed] and country singer Beccy Cole (whose song Blackwood Hill references the suburb)[7] are from the area. Award-winning screen composer and filmmaker Milton Trott grew up in Blackwood.[citation needed] Independent Hip-Hop artist Allday also grew up in Blackwood.[citation needed]

Politics[edit]

Blackwood is in the state electorate of Davenport, represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Liberal MP Sam Duluk and in the federal electorate of Boothby, represented in the Australian House of Representatives by Liberal MP Nicolle Flint. Blackwood is represented by local mayor Glen Steel of Greens. Blackwood has a relatively high vote for the Greens when compared to the rest of its electorate and state.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blackwood (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2015.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Blackwood (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The Manning Index of South Australian History - Blackwood". State Library, South Australia. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "History of Blackwood". Blackwood Business Network. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Community Profile". City of Mitcham. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Beccy Cole". Postcards SA. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  8. ^ http://results.aec.gov.au/13745/Website/HousePollingPlaceFirstPrefs-13745-6862.htm

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