Kent Town, South Australia

Kent Town is an inner urban suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Kent Town
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population1,210 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,020/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Postcode(s)5067
Area0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Norwood Payneham St Peters
State electorate(s)Dunstan
Federal Division(s)Sturt
Suburbs around Kent Town:
Hackney College Park Stepney
Adelaide Kent Town Norwood
Adelaide Adelaide Rose Park

HistoryEdit

 
Kent Town Brewery circa 1876

Kent Town was named for Dr. Benjamin Archer Kent (1808 – 25 November 1864), a medical practitioner of Walsall, Staffordshire who emigrated to South Australia aboard Warrior, arriving in April 1840 with his wife Marjory Redman Kent, née Bonnar, and two children, Benjamin Andrew Kent, and Graham Eliza Kent, who in 1848 married Dr Frederick Charles Bayer (died 15 August 1867).[2] Hydraulic engineer C. A. Bayer[3] and architect E. H. Bayer[4] were sons.

Kent established a flour mill and farm which failed financially and he was obliged to return to his profession to support his family. He sold his property at a handsome profit, repaid all his creditors and returned to England.[5]

Kent Town was the location of two successive sites of the Kent Town Brewery the second of which in 1888 became the malthouse for SA Brewing, now redeveloped into apartments.

Demographics of Kent TownEdit

The 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics measured the population of Kent Town at 1,210 persons. Of these, 57% were male and 43% were female.[6]

The 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded 227 families living in the suburb. Of those families, there was an average of 1.6 children for families with children and an average of 0.3 for all families.

The majority of residents (62.3%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Malaysia (3.8%), India (3.7%), China (3.7%) and England (3.6%).[7]

The age distribution of Kent Town residents is comparable to that of the greater Australian population. 66.2% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 33.8% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[7]

CommunityEdit

SchoolsEdit

Prince Alfred College, an independent school for boys is located on Dequetteville Terrace, the western boundary of the suburb.

 
View of Prince Alfred College from Dequeteville Tce


AttractionsEdit

During the Adelaide Fringe festival, the world's second-largest annual arts festival, the bars and restaurants of Kent Town receive thousands of customers.

The local Kent Town Hotel boasts craft beer in a stylish pub with a jungle-themed BBQ restaurant and a rooftop bar with a dunk tank.

One attraction in Kent Town is the Wesley Uniting Church.[8] Founded as the Jubilee Wesleyan Methodist church in 1864 by George P. Harris, John Colton, F. H. Faulding and others, Wesley Uniting Church has had a significant place in the life of South Australians for over 150 years.[9]

TransportEdit

RoadsEdit

The suburb is serviced by the following main roads:

Public transportEdit

Kent Town is serviced by buses run by the Adelaide Metro. Earlier a tram serviced Kent Town and other eastern suburbs. [10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kent Town (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2018.  
  2. ^ "Death of Dr. Bayer". South Australian Register. XXXI (6494). South Australia. 28 August 1867. p. 2. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Mr Charles Bayer Dead". The News (Adelaide). III (356). South Australia. 12 September 1924. p. 6. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Personal". The Express and Telegraph. XLV (13, 535). South Australia. 20 October 1908. p. 1. Retrieved 12 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Manning Index of SA Place Names". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kent Town (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 August 2019.  
  7. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kent Town (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  8. ^ "THE BEST Things to Do in Kent Town - 2019 (with Photos) - TripAdvisor". www.tripadvisor.com. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Churches and Church Affairs". The Register (Adelaide). South Australia. 10 November 1923. p. 6. Retrieved 14 May 2020 – via Trove.
  10. ^ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-01/why-was-adelaides-tram-network-ripped-up-in-the-1950s/9205768

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°55′13″S 138°37′09″E / 34.920278°S 138.619167°E / -34.920278; 138.619167