Isaacs, Australian Capital Territory


Isaacs, Australian Capital Territory

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Isaacs
state = Australian Capital Territory
city = Canberra



caption =
lga = Woden Valley
postcode = 2607
est = 1986
propval = $528,000 (2005) [http://allhomes.com.au]
pop = 2451 (2001 census)
ACTgov = Molonglo
fedgov = Canberra
near-nw = Phillip
near-n = O'Malley
near-ne =
near-e =
near-w = Mawson
near-sw = Farrer
near-s =
near-se =

Isaacs is a suburb in the district of Woden in Canberra, Australia. The postcode is 2607.

The suburb was gazetted as a Division Name on 12 May 1966 but residential housing was not built until the late 1980s. Isaacs is next to the suburbs of O'Malley, Mawson and Farrer. It is bounded by Yamba Drive and Ngunawal Street. Located in the suburb is the Canberra Nature Park of Isaacs Ridge and the Long Gully pine plantation.

It is named after Isaac Isaacs (1855–1948), politician, Chief Justice and the first Australian born Governor-General (from 1931-36).

Theme for streets

The suburb's theme is 'educationists': the streets ["Canberra's suburbs and street names: Woden Valley and Weston Creek: Origins and meanings", ACT Government, 1992)] are therefore named after people associated with education. Some of the main streets in Isaacs, and their honorees, are:
*Alexander Mackie Circuit: Alexander Mackie (1876–1955): academic who was first principal of the Sydney Teacher Training College and first Professor of Education at the University of Sydney (New South Wales)
*Buntine Crescent: Walter Murray Buntine (1866–1953), teacher and campaigner for public education (Victoria)
*Dorsch Street: Agnes Maria Johanna Dorsch (1871–1958), private teacher at Government House; teacher at Concordia College, 1923-43 [ [http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140022b.htm Mackinnon, Alison (1996) "Dorsch, Agnes Marie Johanna (1871–1958)", "Australian Dictionary of Biography"] ]
*Julia Flynn Avenue: Julia Teresa Flynn (1878–1947), secondary school teacher and school inspector (Victoria)
*Maclagan Street: James B Maclagan (d. 1865), educationist who pioneered correspondence education (Western Australia)
*Rowntree Crescent: Amy Rowntree, OBE (1885–1962), teacher, school inspector and historian (Tasmania)
*Whitty Crescent: Ellen Whitty (Rev Mother Vincent) (1819–1892), social worker and missionary who established 26 Mercy schools and teacher training colleges (Queensland)
*William Wilkins Crescent: William Wilkins (1827–1892), educational reformer and administrator, including Principal of Fort Street Model School (New South Wales)

Geology

Isaacs is built on Silurian age Deakin Volcanics. These are green-grey and purple coloured rhyodacite. The lower lying parts of the suburb are covered with Quaternary alluvium on top. Isaacs ridge has the same outcrops as the rest of the suburb.

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