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Lockleys
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population: 5,322
Postcode: 5032
LGA: City of West Torrens
State District: West Torrens,
Colton
Federal Division: Hindmarsh
Suburbs around Lockleys:
Fulham Gardens Kidman Park Flinders Park
Fulham Lockleys Underdale
West Beach Adelaide Airport Brooklyn Park

Lockleys is an inner western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, located in the City of West Torrens.

History

The area was subject to flooding by the River Torrens, which originally ran into an area named "The Reedbeds" in the upper reaches of the Port River. In the 1930s the Torrens Channel, also named Breakout Creek, was cut through the coastal dunes to Gulf St Vincent, to drain the wetlands and eliminate the flooding. A large part of Lockleys is within a bend of the River Torrens.

Hence, prior to subdivision, the area was renowned for its rich soil, market gardens and greenhouses.

The area was subdivided for housing. The Hank family had substantial holdings; the Hank brothers were footballers for West Torrens Football Club, with Bob Hank winning the Magarey Medal in both 1946 and 1947.

The suburb is the home of the "EDS request management" and "EDS credit services" in the former John Martins bulk store on Pierson Street. Prior to EDS's conversion of the warehouse, this was used as a storage location for the floats used in the John Martin's Christmas Pageant.

Activities and sport

Lockleys is home to the Lockleys Football Club who play in the SA Amateur Football League.

Mellor Park on Henley Beach Road has a tall tree which is decorated each year as a Christmas Tree.

The local Guide group is Lockleys Guides, and the local Scout group was the 1st Lockleys Scout Troop, until it closed in March 2001.

Kooyonga Golf Course is located in Lockleys and has hosted the South Australian Open Golf Championships. Kooyonga was the name of the suburb before it became Lockleys.

Lockleys is the home of the former Odeon Star cinema, now the Windsor Lockleys Cinema, on Henley Beach Road which ceased operating in August 2012.

Religion

The area has several churches: St Richard of Chichester is the Anglican church, St Francis of Assisi is the Catholic Church, and a former Baptist church is no longer in use. The area also had a Uniting Church on May Terrace, but this site was recently sold and a brand new state-of-the-art building was constructed on Sir Donald Bradman Drive in front of the Adelaide College Of Divinity in Brooklyn Park.

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