About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Gonville South is 2,991, with a population density of 15.16 persons per hectare.
Location and boundaries
Gonville South is bounded by Alma Road in the north, Carlton Avenue in the east, the Whanganui River and the suburb of Balgownie in the south, and Heads Road and Abbot Street in the west.
Gonville South is named for the southern part of Gonville, which is named after Gonville Saunders, the son of an early land holder in the area.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (2 Km2)
persons per hectare
Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1870s. Rapid growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the opening of the hospital and the nearby freezing works. Expansion continued between the 1940s and 1960s. The population declined slightly from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock.
Gonville South is an established residential area, with some industry along the riverbank, and a hospital in the north-east.
Major features of the area include Wanganui Hospital, Gonville Swimming Pool and one school.