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A look around Canberra – Isaacs

By Alexandra Craig - 24 July 2015 15

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We went down to the Woden Valley this week to take a look at the suburb of Isaacs.

This suburb was named after former governor general, attorney general and chief justice Isaac Isaacs. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate his name and ponder why his parents decided to give him essentially the same name twice.

Isaacs is surrounded by lots of beautiful bushland – the Long Gully Pine Plantation and Isaacs Ridge are wonderful areas to take a walk. A friend of mine used to live in Isaacs and her little dog Benny loved going for walks there. It’s a very quiet area so it’s perfect for smaller dogs, however, all dogs are required to be on a lead.

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The Isaac shops is quite good. It has a bottle shop, a few restaurants, a little supermarket, a hairdresser and even a chiropractor. There are also a few office buildings.

The population of Isaacs was 2352 at the last census, with 36.8 per cent of the population born overseas, making it the tenth highest out of all the suburbs in Canberra. I presume this high foreign population is due to the embassies and high commissions next door in O’Malley.

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A post going back ten years now on The RiotACT discussed what one writer referred to as the ugliest house in Canberra. The house was apparently built in Isaacs facing Hindmarsh Drive. I wanted to take a look but couldn’t work out where the house was. From what I can tell, no part of Isaacs faces Hindmarsh Drive. Does anyone know the house?

Quick stats
Streets are named after:  Educationalists 
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann 
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 2352
Population breakdown: 47.6 per cent male, 52.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 84 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)

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15 Responses to
A look around Canberra – Isaacs
1
Raging Tempest 9:43 am
24 Jul 15
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I think the house in question is in the new section of O’Malley, but you’d be spoilt for choice around there.

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Ezy 10:00 am
24 Jul 15
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Isaacs also has one of the shortest, but more technical downhill mountain bike courses in Canberra.

Quick video of one of the races held on the ridge:
https://youtu.be/xmnYsk4QIjo

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John Moulis 4:40 pm
24 Jul 15
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When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

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creative_canberran 6:22 pm
24 Jul 15
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“Crime: 84 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)”

Parking infringements are administrative, not criminal, so it goes without saying they’re not included.

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dungfungus 9:56 am
25 Jul 15
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John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I think you are on the wrong thread as there are no schools in Isaacs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_the_Australian_Capital_Territory

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Alexandra Craig 4:57 pm
25 Jul 15
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creative_canberran said :

“Crime: 84 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)”

Parking infringements are administrative, not criminal, so it goes without saying they’re not included

Parking infringements are included on the ACT Policing Crime Stats website. I personally choose to exclude them.

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creative_canberran 5:38 pm
25 Jul 15
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Alexandra Craig said :

creative_canberran said :

“Crime: 84 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)”

Parking infringements are administrative, not criminal, so it goes without saying they’re not included

Parking infringements are included on the ACT Policing Crime Stats website. I personally choose to exclude them.

No they’re not.

The ACT Policing crime stats list Traffic Infringement Notices, those are a different category that includes road offences such as speeding, drink driving, unroadworthy vehicle. Parking infringements are specifically excluded from this category in the ACT. Separate law, separate authority responsible.

Might be good to mention TINs, because they can provide some interesting insights into driving behaviour around Canberra. For example, the worst part of Canberra for them is Belco for some reason, not all around the town centre either. Double Gunghalin’s number and 5x more than Woden.

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John Moulis 6:06 am
26 Jul 15
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dungfungus said :

John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I think you are on the wrong thread as there are no schools in Isaacs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_the_Australian_Capital_Territory

I wasn’t referring to school in Isaacs, I was referring to Alex’s comments about Isaac Isaacs and how he had a name which was essentially the same name repeated twice. I cited the example of Michael Michael from my time at primary school in Sydney. When we moved to Canberra in 1970 Isaacs was listed on the map but wasn’t developed until the late ’80s by which time my school years were far behind.

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dungfungus 1:57 pm
26 Jul 15
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John Moulis said :

dungfungus said :

John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I think you are on the wrong thread as there are no schools in Isaacs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_the_Australian_Capital_Territory

I wasn’t referring to school in Isaacs, I was referring to Alex’s comments about Isaac Isaacs and how he had a name which was essentially the same name repeated twice. I cited the example of Michael Michael from my time at primary school in Sydney. When we moved to Canberra in 1970 Isaacs was listed on the map but wasn’t developed until the late ’80s by which time my school years were far behind.

Sorry John. I was not reading far enough.

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joingler 12:28 pm
27 Jul 15
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John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I once met a woman named Joy Joyce. No she wasn’t married

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Alexandra Craig 1:09 pm
27 Jul 15
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joingler said :

John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I once met a woman named Joy Joyce. No she wasn’t married

I know of someone called Patrick Fitzpatrick.

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dungfungus 3:22 pm
27 Jul 15
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Alexandra Craig said :

joingler said :

John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I once met a woman named Joy Joyce. No she wasn’t married

I know of someone called Patrick Fitzpatrick.

Is he a contortionist?

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Dondon 8:37 pm
27 Jul 15
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The Indian restaurant in Isaacs is pretty damn nice. The Chinese restaurant before that was really good. I was never fussed with the pizza place however.

The supermarket is only a recent addition, before that was a small shop with huge prices and not much stock.

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Innovation 10:31 pm
27 Jul 15
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Alexandra Craig said :

joingler said :

John Moulis said :

When I was at primary school there was a girl in my class named Mary Michael. Her brother’s name was Michael. Yes, Michael Michael.

I once met a woman named Joy Joyce. No she wasn’t married

I know of someone called Patrick Fitzpatrick.

I heard of someone called Robert Roberts. Apparently his nickname was 2 Bob. Seriously!

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switch 10:48 am
28 Jul 15
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Innovation said :

I heard of someone called Robert Roberts. Apparently his nickname was 2 Bob. Seriously!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU-tuY0Z7nQ

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