This week I was in and out of Latham a handful of times because one of the cat rescue groups I help out with occasionally is located there (Pickles Playmates Animal Rescue, for those wondering). Since I felt like an honorary resident I thought I’d do a piece on their lovely suburb for the next instalment of A look around Canberra.
Located on the west side of Canberra, Latham shares borders with a lot of suburbs including Holt, Higgins, Macgregor, Charnwood and Florey. The suburb earns its name from John Latham, Chief Justice of the High Court from 1935-1952. Not Mark Latham as some might assume!
I spent some time driving around this suburb trying to find the local shops. Or shop, rather. The single shop in Latham looks like a house! Apparently there used to be a whole set of shops in Latham back in the ‘70s, but things started drawing to a close after a fire destroyed a fair bit of the shops in 1996. I’m unsure of the original location of the Latham shops – perhaps a Rioter can fill in some blanks here.
I came across one playground in this suburb. It’s quite basic, but it does have swings and that’s always a winner with me. While I was traipsing around the park, I came across a concrete slab with a round, browny coloured slab above. It has the words WOMBAT STEW marked on the side, with footprints on the top. I’m not sure what its purpose is or why it’s there. It took me on a little trip down memory lane though; Wombat Stew was one of my favourite books as a young’un.
Latham is houses, houses, and more houses. 92.5 per cent of properties here are houses. Townhouses make up 4.6 per cent, and a teeny 2.8 per cent make up apartments.
The average income is around 133,000 for families without children and $138,000 for families with children.
Latham has its own primary school (cleverly named Latham Primary) but no high school. However, Kingsford Smith School is located in Holt, one suburb away.
Latham seems like a great suburb for a peaceful lifestyle and equally for raising children. Much like its close neighbour Macgregor, the streets are very quiet. You almost feel like you’re a little isolated it’s that quiet, but in a good way. Lots of trees and bushland, I always enjoy visiting it.
Streets are named after: Australian judges
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 49.7 per cent male, 50.3 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 113 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)