All about Brockville
Brockville is a destination suburb - it is not on the way to anywhere else. It is also Dunedin's western-most suburb, high on the hill above the Kaikorai Valley surrounded by farmland and bush reserves. This area was settled in the 1850s but remained a largely rural area at some remove from Dunedin.
The name comes from an early English settler Frederick Brock-Hollinshead. He began work on a grand mansion there in the 1850s but returned to England leaving it abandoned. The unfinished house was known as 'Brock's Folly" and the name 'Brockville' extended to the whole locality.
The modern suburb began when the government developed a housing estate here from 1956. This was one of the biggest housing projects ever seen in Dunedin with the state houses matched by private developers to create over 900 new homes.
For a long time the new suburb had no bus services, no streetlights and few formed footpaths. Local residents formed a Brockville Improvement and Amenities Society, which successfully agitated for improvements. A school was opened in 1962, a kindergarten and community hall in 1967. In 1978 the Little Sisters of the Poor moved their old-age home from Andersons Bay to Brockville.
SOME QUICK FACTS
- Approximately 3400 people reside in Brockville which equates to approximately 1212 occupied dwellings.
- 23.2% of Brockville’s population is under the age of 15 years.
- 35.7 per cent of people aged 15 years and over have no formal qualifications, compared with 23.7 per cent for Otago Region as a whole.
- 25.4 per cent of families in Brockville are one-parent-with-children families, compared with 13.9 per cent of families for Otago Region as a whole.
- For people aged 15 years and over, the median income in Brockville is $20,700. 48.6 per cent of people aged 15 years and over in Brockville have an annual income of $20,000 or less. 8.0 per cent of people aged 15 years and over have an annual income of more than $50,000, compared with 13.9 per cent of people in Otago Region.
- In 2012, Brockville residents are currently served by 2 dairies (Brockville 4 Square, the Glenross Dairy) a Fish & Chip Shop, a Pharmacy (recently re-opened after 3 years of no service) and a small pub (on the site of the former Clearwater's Butcher Shop.)