Abbotsbury, New South Wales

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Abbotsbury
SydneyNew South Wales
AbbotsburyNSWfarm.jpg
Fairfield City Farm, Abbotsbury
Population 4,194 (2011)[1]
 • Density 3,230/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2176
Area 1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location 39 km (24 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Fairfield
State electorate(s) Smithfield
Federal Division(s) McMahon
Suburbs around Abbotsbury:
Horsley Park Horsley Park Bossley Park
Cecil Park Abbotsbury Edensor Park
Cecil Hills Cecil Park Bonnyrigg Heights

Abbotsbury is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 39 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. Abbotsbury is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

History[edit]

Abbotsbury was named from Major Edward Abbott, a Canadian born soldier who arrived in New South Wales in 1790. Abbott was granted land in what is now Abbotsbury in 1806 although sold it to a William Browne in 1810. The estate remained intact until the late 19th century when it was subdivided into small farms and it remained a rural area until the late 20th century when residential subdivision began. The name for the suburb was approved in 1991.[2][3][4]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 4,194 residents in Abbotsbury. 63.6% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Iraq 5.4%, Italy 4.2% and Vietnam 2.1%. 53.6% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 7.5%, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic 5.6% and Arabic 4.4%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 58.4%), Orthodox 7.8% and Anglican 6.7%.[1]

Landmarks[edit]

Abbotsbury is best known for Calmsley Hill Farm, which is located on the western side of the suburb.[5]

Commercial area[edit]

The suburb also has a small shopping complex, including a Friendly Grocer supermarket, a vet, a hairdressers, a cafe and a gourmet pizzeria. Abbotsbury's telephone and internet runs off the Edensor Park Exchange. iiNet's and TPG's ADSL2+ service as well as general ADSL and Cable are available in the area.

Transport[edit]

Abbotsbury is serviced by the region three Sydney bus operator Transit Systems. The most common form of transport used by residents is private vehicle.

Sport and recreation[edit]

The Western Sydney cycling path passes through Abbotsbury. Stretching far along Western Sydney, the cycling path passes through the Calmsley Hill Farm (previously known as Fairfield City Farm), which is located at the Western Sydney Regional Park. Calmsley Hill Farm was used during the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the mountain biking events.[6] The biking tracks remain.[7]

The suburb also has a sporting field named Stockdale Reserve. Adjacent to this park, there are several ponds, home to many species of birds, mainly ducks.

Housing[edit]

In 2012, the median sale price of houses in the area was $667,000.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Abbotsbury (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Abbotsbury". Fairfield City Council. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Abbott, Edward (1766 - 1832)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Abbotsbury". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Fairfield City Farm". Fairfield City Council. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  6. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 374.
  7. ^ "Fairfield City Farm: History". Fairfield City Council. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Abbotsbury suburb profile". Fairfax. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 

Coordinates: 33°52′30″S 150°51′43″E / 33.875°S 150.862°E / -33.875; 150.862