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AdelaideSouth Australia
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Tennyson Dunes
Tennyson is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 1,166 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Established 5 January 1905 (town)
30 September 1976 (suburb)
Postcode(s) 5022
Area 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
  • 11 km (7 mi) NW of Adelaide
  • 4.8 km (3 mi) W of Woodville
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt
Region Western Adelaide
County Adelaide
State electorate(s) Lee
Federal Division(s) Hindmarsh
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.6 °C
71 °F
11.5 °C
53 °F
439.9 mm
17.3 in
Suburbs around Tennyson:
Gulf St Vincent West Lakes Shore West Lakes Shore
Gulf St Vincent Tennyson West Lakes
Gulf St Vincent Grange Grange
Footnotes Adjoining suburbs

Tennyson is a suburb in the Australian state of South Australia located in the Adelaide metropolitan area about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north-west of the Adelaide city centre and about 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) west of the municipal seat of Woodville.

Tennyson consists of a strip of land on the east coast of Gulf St Vincent extending from a beach with a frontage of sand dunes in the west for a distance of about 450 metres (1,480 ft) to the west side of the artificial lake known as West Lakes in the east. It borders West Lakes for the full length of the part of the lake where a 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) rowing course is located. Its northern boundary is located just north of Estcourt Road while it is bounded in the south by Fort Street.

Tennyson's boundaries were created on 30 September 1976 for land which includes the Town of Tennyson at its southern end. On 20 April 2006, the suburb's northern boundary was altered to include land from the adjoining suburb of West Lakes Shore so that suburb boundaries aligned with those of land parcels. The suburb's name is derived from the Town of Tennyson and ultimately from Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson who was the Governor of South Australia from 1899 to 1902 and who was the Governor-General of Australia from 1903 to 1904. Tennyson Post Office opened on 18 September 1962 and closed in 1972.

Estcourt House, the former home of Frederick Estcourt Bucknall which is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register is located at the northern end of the suburb.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Tennyson had 1,166 people living within its boundaries.

Tennyson is located in the federal division of Hindmarsh, the state electoral district of Lee and the local government area of the City of Charles Sturt.


Tennyson was named by Governor Le Hunte on 5 January 1905, after Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, former Governor of South Australia (1899-1902) and Governor-General of Australia (1903-1904).

Tennyson Post Office opened on 18 September 1962 and closed in 1972.

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