Woodforde, South Australia

Woodforde is a suburb of Adelaide within the Adelaide Hills Council. It is located about 10 km east of the Adelaide city centre.

Woodforde is in the State House of Assembly Electoral district of Morialta and is in the Federal Division of Mayo.

The Catholic boys’ school Rostrevor College is located in the suburb.


Lake Hamilton Post Office opened on 1 April 1880 and was renamed Woodforde later that year before closing in 1882.[2]


The original estate (spelled “Woodford”) of 134 acres (54 ha) was owned by John Hallett, who came from Woodford in Essex, and where his mother died. The popular spelling with a final “e” reflects the belief that it was somehow named for Dr. John Woodforde, who came out on the Rapid in 1838 with Colonel Light, and was later appointed City Coroner.[3]
Geoff Manning agrees, but points out that Captain John Finlay Duff, who in 1850 laid out the subdivision of Hallett’s section 342, Hundred of Adelaide, called it “The Village of Woodforde”‘, and so it appears in early conveyancing documents and in an advertisement (as “New Woodforde”) in The Register on 28 August 1850.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). “Woodforde (State Suburb)”. 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. “Post Office List”. Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  3. ^ Rodney Cockburn; (1990). South Australia: What’s in a name? Historically significant place names. Axiom Publishing. ISBN 0 9592519 1 X.
  4. ^ “Manning Index of South Australian Place names: Woodforde”. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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