If you live in Reid, you are living in one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs. Populated by approximately 1,583 Canberrans, Reid is situated right next to the Canberra city and is on the left-hand side as you drive up ANZAC parade, towards the War Memorial.
The suburb was originally constructed to provide housing for public servants in preparation for the opening of Parliament House in 1927. In 1928 Reid was identified as its own suburb and separated from the suburb of Ainslie, when it was renamed after Australia’s fourth Prime Minister, Sir George Reid. According to Google, the streets of Reid are named after Aboriginal words.
Reid is home to a number of heritage listed buildings and landmarks. In fact, due its history, my research tells me that the suburb of Reid itself is also heritage listed.
Being one of the oldest suburbs in Canberra, Reid is quite pretty to look at; with tree lined streets that I can only imagine will look incredible as we come into autumn.
I was surprised to discover that Reid does not have its own set of local shops, not even an IGA or single local café (other than the one located in the CIT, but does that even count?!). The closest set of local shops, depending on which side of Reid you might live on, are either Campbell shops or the Civic shopping centre. Landmarks that you may recognise within the suburb, are those such as the Canberra Institute of Technology and St John the Baptist Church, which is the oldest church in Canberra.
Not only can you walk to the city from Reid, but it is also walking distance to Mt Ainslie, one of the mountains Canberrans like to walk up for exercise. It is actually also a very popular spot for marriage proposals, with its romantic nighttime view of the sparkling Canberra.
Unfortunately, apart from the Reid Tennis Club, there is not a whole lot happening in Reid. It’s a very quiet suburb and unless you or someone you love lives there, or you got to CIT, with no local café or shops I can’t see many reasons to spend time there, which is a shame, because as I said it’s an absolutely beautiful suburb.
Recently a new apartment block was developed on Constitution Avenue and underneath are a number of empty spaces for commercial leases, so hopefully with any luck a café will go in there giving Canberrans an opportunity to spend some time in the lovely suburb of Reid.