Hume, Australian Capital Territory

Hume is a suburb of Canberra in the district of Jerrabomberra. The suburb is named after the explorer Hamilton Hume and streets are named after Australian industrialists and businessmen.[2] Hume is a light-industrial suburb and there is no significant housing development. At the 2016 census, Hume had a population of 430,[1] up from six in 2006,[3] as a result of the construction of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The location of the prison has also given Hume a highly unusual sex ratio with 93.4% of the population being male.[1]

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Aerial view
Coordinates35°23′13″S 149°10′12″E
Population430 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density50.0/km2 (129.5/sq mi)
Gazetted22 March 1982
Area8.6 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Kurrajong
Federal Division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Hume:
Gilmore Tralee


Deakin Volcanics from the Silurian period underlie Hume. Cream and purple rhyodacite are found in the south and including Tralee, New South Wales. A mixture of purple and green tuff, ashstone, shale, and coarse sandstone is in the north east. Coarse dark purple rhyodacite is in the north end near Queanbeyan turn off.[4]

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hume (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 63. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hume (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  4. Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.


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