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Banks is the most southerly suburb of Canberra. The suburb is named after Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820), the botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook to the Pacific Ocean on which he entered Botany Bay in 1770. The suburb was gazetted on 12 March 1987. The theme of the street names is botany or natural history.

Banks is located next to the suburbs of Conder and Gordon. It is bounded by Box Hill Avenue, Tom Roberts Avenue and Tharwa Drive. Located in the suburb is Beau and Jessi Park and the Banks Oval.

The Rob Roy Nature Park is a hilly region to the east of Banks. At the east of Banks there is also mountain Big Monks, accessible from Wollemi Place. (source)

Median property value for Banks 2906 (source)

2001

$138k

2011

$400k

2016 $415k

Statistics about Banks (source)

Area of Banks

2.3 sq Kms

People

4,967

Male

2,389

Female

2,578

Median age

33

Families

1,367

Average children per family

1.9

All private dwellings

1,836

Average people per household

2.8

Median weekly household income

$2,148

Median monthly mortgage repayments

$2,000

Median weekly rent

$375

Average motor vehicles per dwelling

2

The most common ancestries in Banks were

Australian

29.2%

English

26.1%

Irish

7.6%

Scottish

7.5%

German

3.5%

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