The suburbs of Canberra are organised into a hierarchy of districts, town centres, suburbs, industrial areas and villages.
While these divisions have no formal role in the governance or administration of the city, they formed a basis for the planning and development of Canberra and are significant to its commercial and social activities.
Canberra’s residential districts were developed with the intention of being semi-self-contained satellite towns with a population of about 80,000 people. The districts contain town centres which serve as commercial, transport and employment nodes. Each district is separated by nature reserves.
There are seven major districts in Canberra, with each divided into an average of eighteen suburbs.
In 1927, Canberra established the National Memorials Committee to deal with the character and location of national memorials and the nomenclature of divisions of and public places in the Australian Capital Territory. The original plan of Canberra contained a number of local names and others which had already been applied.
The Committee adopted a unique scheme of nomenclature for suburbs, and decided to group together themes of (for example) governors, statesmen, explorers, navigators, scientists and others significant names that represent the patriotism and flavour of Australian history.
As such, each Canberra suburb is named after a significant person, with street names following the theme of that person. For example, my suburb of Moncrieff is named after Gladys Moncrieff, a famous Australian musician; therefore all street names are Australian music related.
I find this to be a quirky and novel way of naming suburbs and streets and am a huge fan of it! Certainly more original than Melbourne or Sydney who just “borrowed” from England…
Here is a list of each suburb in Canberra and it’s relevant street “theme”.
Source: ACT Archives