The suburb of Bruce is named after former prime minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce, who occupied the highest office in the land between 1923 and 1929. Though, judging by a recent meme doing the rounds in Canberra, some might be forgiven for thinking former US sports star Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner has something to do with it.
Bruce is home to the University of Canberra (UC), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), a CIT campus, Calvary Hospital, Radford College, and Canberra Stadium – although current sponsorship naming rights technically make it GIO Stadium.
The population of Bruce was over 6000 at the last Census, with around 1600 of those people on-campus students at UC. This figure surprises me – I didn’t realise Bruce had such a high population. I had previously (and incorrectly) assumed that Bruce was a really new housing estate with only one or two thousand residents.
As far as eating out and dining goes, there aren’t a huge amount of options in Bruce. The standout establishment in Bruce is Ellacure Restaurant and Bar on Battye Street, which many friends have spoken of highly. Just down the road on Thynne Street there is also Cafe Momo, which also seems to be a hit with locals.
If there’s one thing interstate school kids remember about their excursion to Canberra, it’s a visit to the AIS. I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever when I was twelve, and when I returned for a tour as part of the Human Brochure campaign last year, I still thought it was the coolest thing ever. If you haven’t been out there, I highly recommend taking a look.
Street theme: Australian tertiary education
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 49.5 per cent male, 50.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.6
Crime: 894 incidents in 2014 (this includes a whopping 456 traffic infringements. I wonder if these numbers are mostly drink drivers leaving the stadium after an event)