The suburb of Dickson in Canberra’s north was named after Sir James Dickson, one of the founders of the constitution and premier of Queensland in the late 1800s.
Dickson gets the tagline ‘Canberra’s Chinatown’ a fair bit, due to the large number of Asian restaurants and grocery stores on Woolley Street. There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The Scholar, Ruby Chinese, Jimmy’s Place, Four Rivers, and about 300 other places that fit into the ‘Chinatown’ theme.
There are also trendy places like Sub Urban bar and restaurant. The restaurant used to be a Belluci’s – the same as the restaurants at Manuka and Woden – but it seems to have recently closed down. Chocolate cafe Oliver Brown has opened their doors in Dickson in the last few months, and Dickson is also home to a handful of fast food establishments.
There’s a fair bit going on in this area as far as new developments go. Several new apartment complexes are being sold off the plan, and a new shopping complex with a Coles and Aldi is also in the works. It can’t come quick enough for me as I hate Woolworths Dickson with a passion, as I wrote earlier in the year. The situation hasn’t improved either.
Dickson is home to the creatively named Dickson College, as well as Daramalan College and Emmaus Christian School. The ACU is just up the road but technically in Watson.
Government housing Dickson Towers on Northbourne are still standing – albeit with some brightly coloured ACT Government signage on the walls surrounding – after residents were relocated in 2014 so the government can eventually demolish the building.
A little further down the road and the ABC has its Northbourne offices with the famous temperature gauge out the front – pretty much every person in Canberra has driven past there on a wintery morning and yelped at the -4 reading at least once in their life.
Dickson is one of those suburbs that doesn’t really seem to change but give it another few years and I think these new developments might make Dickson a little more cosmopolitan than what it currently is.
Streets are named after: No specific theme
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 50.3 per cent male, 49.7 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 646 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)