Walkerville, South Australia

Walkerville is a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It lies just north east of the city centre, about 4 kilometres from the Adelaide GPO. Walkerville is one of South Australia's most affluent suburbs and in 2012 it was South Australia's second "top earning suburb."[2]

AdelaideSouth Australia
St Andrew's Anglican Church, Walkerville.JPG
St Andrew's Anglican church in the heart of Walkerville
Walkerville is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°53′S 138°37′E / 34.883°S 138.617°E / -34.883; 138.617Coordinates: 34°53′S 138°37′E / 34.883°S 138.617°E / -34.883; 138.617
Population2,687 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,005/km2 (5,194/sq mi)
Area1.34 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
LGA(s)Town of Walkerville
State electorate(s)Adelaide
Federal Division(s)Adelaide
Suburbs around Walkerville:
Collinswood Manningham Vale Park
Medindie Gardens
Walkerville Marden
Gilberton St Peters Royston Park


Walkerville was named after Captain John Walker R. N. who took up land in the district in 1838, two years after the first colonists arrived in South Australia.[3] The area was attractive to early settlers and within a few years, the settlement had become a village. During the 1840s, Walker fell victim to over-speculation in land value and a statewide financial depression. He was imprisoned briefly for debt and in 1849 he left the colony to take up a government position in Hobart.[3] His connection with the state, although brief, is remembered in the naming of the suburb. Walkerville Post Office opened on 1 January 1896 [4] and Walkerville District Council was established in 1855[5] after a petition by local residents proclaimed a desire to break away from the larger District Council of Yatala (proclaimed in 1853). Initially, only the suburbs of Walkerville and Gilberton seceded from Yatala but within a few months, Medindie and North Walkerville (now part of Walkerville proper, east of Fuller Street) were included in Walkerville council as well. The district boundaries remained unchanged until 1970 when Vale Park was added.[3]

Early council meetings were held in a room at the local pub, the Sussex Arms, until 1893 when the foundation stone for the present Town Hall was laid on Walkerville Terrace. In 1908, the Institute Library was founded in a small room opposite the municipal offices. In 1963, it became incorporated as a public library and in 1970 it moved next door into dedicated space within the former Walkerville Police Station.[3]

There are two primary schools in Walkerville: St Andrew's School was founded in 1850 and Walkerville Primary School was founded in 1884.[6]


Walkerville is the seat and main suburb of the Town of Walkerville, named after Walkerville itself. Being an inner north eastern suburb, Walkerville lies in the state electoral district of Adelaide as well as the federal electoral division of Adelaide.

Historical buildingsEdit

Walkerville is home to many historical buildings. One such building, which features on Walkerville’s Seal of Office, is St Andrew’s Church.[3][7] Construction for the church began in 1847 and was completed the following year. The church was initially without a permanent reverend, the congregation relying on the services of the St Peter's College headmaster, Reverend T. P. Wilson. In 1850 the church’s first resident reverend, Reverend John Watson, arrived. The original building was only 12 metres long and was subject to much renovation in the second half of the 19th century. In 1857 a sanctuary and transepts were added. Rev George Dove succeeded Watson in 1882, and would serve the congregation for nearly 50 years. In 1886 the original building was replaced by a longer nave. A tower was also added, with clock donated by the widow of Henry Kent Hughes, and whose bells can still be heard among the streets of Walkerville to this day.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Walkerville (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 July 2019.  
  2. ^ http://www.smartcompany.com.au/property/053172-australia-s-richest-suburbs-revealed-including-the-suburb-with-an-average-salary-of-132-252-2.html
  3. ^ a b c d e Scales, M. (1977), Walkerville Sketchbook,Rigby Limited, Hong Kong
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  5. ^ The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville, 17/11/09, http://www.walkerville.sa.gov.au. Retrieved 04/02/10.
  6. ^ "Walkerville Primary School".
  7. ^ http://www.standrewswalkerville.org.au/

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