Corinna's Canberra: Fyshwick, 2609

Corinna’s Canberra: Fyshwick, 2609

Fyshwick is the retail and light industry suburb of Canberra, located east of the South Canberra district with an approximate area of 10 square kilometres. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Campbell, Narrabundah, Kingston, and Pialligo. It is one of the Canberra suburbs that has very small population of 500 residents or less.

Learn more about Fyshwick, 2609 as we put our spotlight in this suburb this month.


What’s In A Name?

Fyshwick is named after Philip Oakley Fysh, a Tasmanian politician and one of the founders of the Constitution. He was the premier of Tasmania from 1877-1878 and 1887-1892. He represented the State at the 1891 and 1897 Federal Conventions, held several Commonwealth portfolios before retiring from politics in 1910.

The Canberra National Memorials Committee approved the inclusion of the suffix ‘wick’, an Old English term which means ‘village’ or ‘district’, to the suburb name upon the suggestion of the Federal Capital Commission. The suburb was gazetted on 20th September 1928.

Street Names In The Suburb

Streets in Fyshwick are named after major industrial towns of Australia. Examples of which are Isa Street, named after Mount Isa and Townsville Street (Townsville). Below are some of the street names in Fyshwick.

  • Kembla Street (Port Kembla, NSW)
  • Lithgow Street (NSW)
  • Pirie Street (Port Pirie, SA)
  • Whyalla Street (NSW)
  • Boulder Street (WA)
  • Yallourn (VIC)
  • Ipswich Street (QLD)
  • Geelong (VIC)
  • Barrier Street (Barrier Ranges, NSW)

Who Lives There?

Fyshwick-census-quick-statsSouth Canberra has a number of suburbs that have small populations and Fyshwick is amongst those suburbs.

According to the 2011 Census, Fyshwick has 38 residents with the median age of 31 years.

Other suburbs in South Canberra with sub-500 population include Hume, Jerrabomberra, Oaks Estate, Parkes, Pialligo and Symonston

Features Of Fyshwick

Fyshwick used to be known for its adult entertainment and motor vehicle industry but the suburb has undergone a transformation in recent years.

Fyshwick now boasts of an outlet type discount shopping centre, Canberra Outlet Centre (former DFO), cool cafes and restaurants (Dream Cuisine Patisserie on Whyalla Street, ONA Coffee on Wollongong Street, Two Hands on Lyell Street) as well as reasonably priced takeaways (The Flute Bakery on Barrier Street and The Little Noodle Bar on Kembla Street, among others).

Fyshwick is also known for home furnishing supplies. Major home proprietors include Domayne Furniture on Collie Street, Fantastic Furniture on Albany Street, and Harvey Norman on Ipswich & Barrier Streets. There are also a couple of second hand appliance stores operating in the area of Fyshwick.

The nearest Corinna Dental to Fyshwick is our Brindabella Business Park practice (around 6 kilometres via Pialligo Avenue.

Sources: Wikipedia, RiotACT, Census