History of Dickson

Discover Dickson – From Humble Beginnings to Thriving Precinct

Located in Canberra’s inner north, Dickson is a suburb rich with history and culture.

As one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs it had its humble beginnings as home to Canberra’s original airport ‘Northbourne Aviation Ground’ on 4 March 1924. Upon the large plot of land, the aerodrome was constructed, helping to connect Canberra to the rest of the country.

The small runway, located where the Dickson Library and playing fields now rest, was operational for two years, however flights to and from the area were infrequent.

The first aviation fatality in Canberra occurred on this site on 26 February 1926, and not long after, the runway was relocated to its current location in November of that year.

Declared a suburb on 28 September 1928, Dickson as we know it, was born. However, it would be almost 30 years before housing development in the suburb would commence.

With the influx of residents in the early 1960’s, work on the Dickson Centre commenced, with various shops and businesses moving to the new Centre, including the original Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club which opened its doors in 1964.

Today, Dickson is a commercial hub servicing many of the inner northern suburbs, with a broad range of community facilities, restaurants, shops and offices on offer, including; a post office, swimming pool, library, gymnasiums, churches, a newsagency and The Tradies.

Dickson is also home to a diverse range of cuisines and grocers and has established itself as a Mecca for Canberra foodies.

From humble beginnings, to a thriving precinct connecting the city to the northern suburbs, there are endless discoveries to be made in Dickson.

So, what are you waiting for? Discover Dickson today.