Willaston, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Willaston is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°35′28″S 138°44′38″E / 34.591°S 138.744°E / -34.591; 138.744Coordinates: 34°35′28″S 138°44′38″E / 34.591°S 138.744°E / -34.591; 138.744
Population 3,209 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5118
Location 39 km (24 mi) NE of Adelaide CBD
LGA(s) Town of Gawler
State electorate(s) Light
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Suburbs around Willaston:
Gawler Belt Gawler Belt Hewett
Buchfelde Willaston Hewett
Gawler West Gawler Gawler East

Willaston is a northern suburb 39 kilometres (24 mi) northeast of the Adelaide city centre in South Australia.[2] It is located in the Town of Gawler.


William Paxton and Samuel Stocks obtained land in the area in 1848 and 1849. After Stocks died in 1850, Paxton laid out the village called Willaston. The village may have been named after Willaston in Cheshire, due to a probable association with the Stocks family.[3]

Willaston Post Office opened on 1 November 1864.[4]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 3,209 persons in Willaston on census night. Of these, 47% were male and 53% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (77.4%) are of Australian birth, with an additional 11.3% declaring England as their country of birth.[1]

The average age of Willaston residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 67.2% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 32.8% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[1]


The Willaston Football Club, formed in 1889 and known as the Donnybrooks, plays in the Barossa Light & Gawler Football Association.

Gawler Par 3 Golf Course is located on the southern edge of Willaston.

The Willaston General Cemetery is in the north of the suburb, alongside the retirement village.


Elliot Goodger Memorial Park is located between Gawler River Road and Kelly Road. Clonlea Park is located on Murray Road along the banks of the North Para River.



Willaston lies beside the Sturt Highway (Gawler Bypass) and the southern end of the Horrocks Highway. Willaston is also serviced by Main North Road, linking the suburb to Gawler.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Gawler Central.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Willaston (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Willaston, South Australia". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.

External links

  • Town of Gawler
  • Local Government Association of SA - Town of Gawler
  • 2006 ABS Census Data by Location
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