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South Australia, Australia

Norwood town hall.jpg
The Norwood Town Hall on The Parade
Population: 5,802 (2011 census)
Established: 1847
Postcode: 5067
Location: 4 km (2 mi) from Adelaide
LGA: City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
Suburbs around Norwood:
College Park Stepney Maylands
Kent Town Norwood Beulah Park
Adelaide Park Lands Rose Park & Toorak Gardens Heathpool

Norwood is a suburb of Adelaide, about 4 km east of the Adelaide city centre. The suburb is in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, the oldest South Australian local government municipality, with a city population over 34,000.


Norwood is named after Norwood in south London. It was first laid out in 1847.[1]


The suburb consists of four segments, being divided into north and south by the major thoroughfare of The Parade and east and west by Osmond Terrace. It is bounded on the south by Kensington Road, on the north by Magill Road, on the east by Portrush Road and on the west by Fullarton Road.[2] It is a leafy suburb many of whose streets are lined with plane trees and older houses, though in recent years, due to a State Government initiative of "urban-infill", there have been more higher density (by Adelaide standards) developments. It is now a sought-after suburb to live in, but this was not always the case.

Osmond Terrace is a street with a wide median strip featuring a prominent war memorial commemorating ANZAC soldiers who fought in the first and second World Wars.

The most visible landmarks in Norwood are the Norwood Town Hall and the Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church on the north east corner of Portrush Road and The Parade. Actually located in Beulah Park, the church, built over 150 years ago, is visible all the way up The Parade.


Norwood was previously a working class suburb and attracted many European migrants post-World War 2. It still has a very high concentration of people of Italian background.[3] This is reflected in the restaurants and fashion boutiques of The Parade.[4] Norwood's working class heritage and bohemian character can be ascertained from the political voting patterns; it tends to be more left-wing in nature than the other eastern suburbs around it.


Several Adelaide Metro bus routes serve the suburb. Many route numbers and timetables were changed on 16 January 2011.[5]

These routes now run through or adjacent to Norwood [6] 300 (Suburban Connector, expanded version of former Circle line): cross city route traversing Portrush Road. B10, H30, H31: Magill Road H20, H21, H22, H23, H24, N22: The Parade 141,142: Kensington Road[7]


Norwood Oval (Coopers Stadium) on The Parade is home to the Norwood Redlegs, a South Australian National Football League (Australian Rules Football) team.


William Street in Norwood, facing west towards the Adelaide city centre

The Parade contains the business centre of the suburb, which includes some professional services but it is better known for its restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques and hairdressers. Each year The Parade hosts the Norwood Parade Food and Wine Festival, attracting over 80,000 visitors.


Saint Bartholomew's (St Bart's) in Norwood and St Matthew's in nearby Kensington are two churches with a close association with each other, with three church ministers involved in both congregations. They are both evangelical and conservative Anglican churches, with a large number of young adult members.

Saint Ignatius Catholic Parish Church, built in the 1860s by the Society of Jesus (more commonly referred to as Jesuits) and finished by 1872, is also a significant feature in the suburb. The accompanying presbytery housed Mary MacKillop, founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, where she took refuge after her (temporary) excommunication by Bishop Shiel.

Notable residents[]

Many famous South Australians have resided in Norwood, these including:

  • women's rights campaigner, Catherine Helen Spence;
  • former Premier Don Dunstan;
  • Mary MacKillop (Australia's first beatified saint),
  • writers C.J. Dennis and May Gibbs,
  • Shaman Kaleo Selah,
  • film director Mario Andreacchio,
  • pathologist Madeleine Russo and
  • veterinarian Michelle Haak Carr.

Musician Joseph Robert BIrks


  1. ^ The History of Kensington & Norwood, Retrieved 2011-01-16
  2. ^ Census Data by Location, Retrieved 17 May 2009
    Note that this map gives census district names, NOT suburb names.
  3. ^ 2006 Census QuickStats : Norwood, Retrieved 17 May 2009
  4. ^ Retrieved 17 May 2009
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  7. ^ Retrieved 4 March 2011

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Coordinates: 34°55′23″S 138°37′59″E / -34.923, 138.633

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