Berrimah, Northern Territory

Berrimah is an Eastern Suburb in the city of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Darwin, Northern Territory
Amy Johnson Avenue, Berrimah
Population789 (2016 census)[1]
Location12.4 km (8 mi) from Darwin
Territory electorate(s)Karama
Federal Division(s)Solomon
Suburbs around Berrimah:
Eaton Marrara
Berrimah Knuckey Lagoon
Hidden Valley Hidden Valley
FootnotesAdjoining suburbs[3][4]


Before World War II, in 1941 the Military authorities had decided on a number of locations in the north to identify strategic "camps" on ‘the road to the North’ - "Berrimah", "Noonamah" and "Larrimah". The Military Board chose some local Aboriginal names. During that time Berrimah became a military and industrial area.[5]

Leading up to the bombing of Darwin and in late 1941, action was being taken to erect quickly the 119th Army General Hospital at the camp site to be known as "Berrimah", the Army quoting the origin of the Aboriginal word "to the south". The Hospital was erected on the present day Kormilda College site and was then called "Berrimah".

The original road reserve between Sections 41 and 42, Hundred of Bagot, became to be known as Berrimah Road and by September 1952, this name was officially gazetted as the access road south of the main Highway crossing to the Quarantine Station. The strafing of this Hospital by the Japanese in 1942 led to its eventual removal to Adelaide River.

Not far away on the eastern side of Berrimah Road, a small cemetery reserve marked the graves of Japanese airmen who died in the earlier attempts to bomb Darwin into submission.

Present day

Located within Berrimah are the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Kormilda College, Berrimah Power Station, CSIRO Wildlife Research Laboratory, Berrimah Research Farm Centre, Darwin Prison, Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, the Showground and Exhibition Centre.

Berrimah is a predominantly industrial area.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 789 people in Berrimah.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 38.0% of the population.
  • 67.3% of people were born in Australia and 48.8% of people only spoke English at home.
  • The most common response for religion was No Religion 28.8%.[1]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Berrimah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. Bonzle Digital Atlas - Berrimah. Retrieved 2007-12-16
  3. "Berrimah". NT Atlas and Spatial Data Directory. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. "Darwin City Council Suburbs" (PDF). Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. Greater Darwin Suburb Name Origins Archived 23 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-12-16

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