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Blackwood
AdelaideSouth Australia
Blackwoodwarmemorial.jpg
Blackwood Soldiers' Memorial
Population
Established 1879
Postcode(s) 5051
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Davenport
Federal Division(s) Boothby
Suburbs around Blackwood:
Panorama Belair Glenalta
Eden Hills Blackwood Hawthorndene
Bellevue Heights Craigburn Farm Coromandel Valley

Blackwood is a south eastern suburb located in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia. It is part of the local government area of the City of Mitcham.

History

The first use of the name "Blackwood" appears to have been before 1880, in reference to the "Blackwood Inn", a small hotel located where the Belair Hotel now stands. It was probably derived from the Australian Blackwood tree which grows in the area.

Land was first subdivided for housing in 1879, a Methodist church was built in 1881, and the Blackwood railway station opened in 1883. Belair Post Office opened on 3 April 1859 and was renamed Blackwood in 1881, when the Belair office was moved some distance away.

Places of interest

Blackwood Soldiers' Memorial was erected in 1921 in the most prominent place in Blackwood: the five-ways roundabout. It is a place of Local Heritage, listed for being "a notable landmark in the area".

Wittunga Botanic Garden, originally a private property with English gardens established in 1901, is located in Blackwood and features displays of Australian and South African plants.

Blackwood High School and Blackwood Primary School are located nearby in Eden Hills.

Uniting (former Methodist), Anglican, Church of Christ, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches are located in Blackwood, as well as Pentecostal churches including the Hills Christian Family Centre and Frontier Christian centre.

Since the late nineteenth century Main Road Blackwood and surrounding areas have formed a vibrant and diverse food and retail centre.

Blackwood Roundabout looking SE Jan 2012
Blackwood Roundabout looking South-East, January 2012
Blackwood roundabout B1 bus
B1 train substitute bus at Blackwood roundabout

Transport

Blackwood railway station is a transport hub with buses to Adelaide and the outer Southern suburbs, and trains to Adelaide and Belair.

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