Suburb by suburb snapshot

July 24, 2021 BY

Kennington Reservoir is a popular place for bush walking, fishing and having a picnic.



The size of Kennington is approximately four square kilometres and has three parks covering nearly 8.1 per cent of total area.

The population of Kennington in 2011 was 5830 people and by the 2016 Census it was at 5649, showing a population decline of 3.1 per cent in the area during that time.

In 1909 the area was populated by settlers on small holdings, and several of their children were three kilometres or more from a school so two years later a school was opened and named Kennington, possibly after Kennington, near Canterbury, England.

Kennington was an outlying locality with a post office, hotel, school, public hall and recreation reserve in the 1950s.

There were also St Aidan’s convent and orphanage, and two reservoirs at Grassy Flat close to the school.

The gradual urban expansion of Bendigo placed Kennington within easy reach of a drive-in cinema, next to the orphanage, in about 1958.

In the same year, the Catholic St Therese’s Church was opened, the main unit of the Parish of Kennington, Axedale and Axe Creek created the year before.

Kennington was in the area administered by Strathfieldsaye Shire which transferred its offices to Condon Street near the reservoir in 1972.

This four-bedroom Kennington home built in the 1930s sold recently for $469,000.

Later the shire council began development of the Strath shopping centre, which opened in 1988.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Kennington is 20-29 years with households being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $1000 – $1399 per month on mortgages.

In general, people in Kennington work in a professional occupation.

In 2011, 60.8 per cent of the homes in Kennington were owner-occupied compared with 59.2 per cent in 2016.




A Kennington Reservoir campaign group was recognised as an advisory committee in 1979, and later boosted by the addition of the Friends of Kennington Reservoir in 1992


Population: 5649

Male: 45.9%

Female: 54.1%

Median age: 42

5-year population change: -3.1%

House median value: $511,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 24.6%

Median asking rent per week: $370

Average length of ownership: 11 years

Owner occupiers:61%

Renters: 39%


House median sale price:

March 2021: $430,000

March 2020: $390,000

March 2019: $366,000

March 2018: $365,000

March 2017: $342,500


House sales per annum:

Period ending March 2021: 93

Period ending March 2020: 110


Land median sale price:

March 2021: N/A

March 2020: N/A


Land sales per annum:

Period ending March 2021: 9

Period ending March 2020: 6

Kennington Reservoir is a popular place for bush walking, fishing and having a picnic.

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