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Urrbrae - Springfield and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Urrbrae - Springfield and District is 1,740, with a population density of 1.34 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Urrbrae - Springfield and District is bounded by Cross Road, Mount Barker Road and the South Eastern Freeway in the north, the Adelaide Hills Council area in the east, Sheoak Road and the suburb of Belair in the south, and the suburb of Mitcham, Carrick Hill Drive, Fullarton Road, Delamere Avenue, Waite Road, Claremont Avenue and Fullarton Road in the west.

Name origin

Urrbrae is named after Urr in Scotland. Springfield is thought to be named for the springs which seeped out of the Mitcham foothills.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Population was minimal until the early 1900s, with growth in the northern areas in the 1920s. Growth continued in the 1950s, and then again in the 1970s and 1980s. The population and dwelling stock fluctuated slightly during the 1990s, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Urrbrae - Springfield and District is a rural, residential and institutional area, with residential areas located mainly in the north.

Major features

Major features of the area include The University of Adelaide (Waite Campus), Waite Agricultural Research Institute, South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI), Urrbrae House, St Paul’s Retreat Monastery, Carrick Hill Estate, Waite Arboretum, Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park, Birksgate Drive Reserve, Meadowbank Rise Reserve, Waite Oval and Mercedes College.

Included areas

Urrbrae - Springfield and District includes the localities of Brown Hill Creek, Springfield and Urrbrae, and the City of Mitcham parts of the localities of Crafers West and Leawood Gardens.