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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Adamstown is 6,226, with a population density of 20.70 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Adamstown is bounded by the railway line and Melville Road in the north, Chatham Street, Fellowes Street, Lockyer Street and Henry Street in the east, City Road (Pacific Highway) and Brunker Road in the south, and South Street, Garden Grove Parade, Costata Circuit, Bailey Street and Northcott Drive in the west.

Name origin

Adamstown is named after surveyor Thomas Adams.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land surveyed in 1868. Industrial and residential growth took place from the 1870s into the early 1900s, aided by nearby coal mining and the opening of the railway line. Significant residential development occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased between 2001 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area and the average number of persons living in each dwelling increased.

Land use

Adamstown is an established predominantly residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Merewether Golf Club, Bullecourt Barracks, RTA Training Centre, Newcastle Velodrome, Adamstown Park, Fletcher Street Reserve, Myers Park, O'Connell Park, West End Park and several schools.