Bardwell Valley, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Bardwell Valley, view to city
|Population||2,205 (2011 census)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) south of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Rockdale|
Bardwell Valley is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bardwell Valley is located approximately 12 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Rockdale and is part of the St George area.
Bardwell Valley is a primarily residential area. Some beautiful sandstone cottages from the early 20th century still stand in East Street and The Glen Road. Bardwell Creek runs through the middle of the valley and empties into Wolli Creek.
Prior to European settlement, Bardwell Valley was a significant part of the lands of the Cadigal people. Bardwell Valley was originally the name used to describe the land beside Bardwell Creek in the suburb of Bardwell Park. The suburb was formed in 1996 from parts of Arncliffe that bordered the valley and creek.
Bardwell Park was named after free settler Thomas Hill Bardwell who owned land in this area. Thomas Hill Bardwell was a wealthy pastoralist from southern New South Wales who bought the land in December 1853.
After much development had taken place in the Arncliffe and Bardwell Park areas during the early 1900s, Bardwell Valley was the last remaining area with any signifficant cover of natural vegetation. As early as 1945, it had been suggested that the area would be the ideal location for a golf course.
The City of Rockdale established an olive grove in Silver Jubilee Park, Commemorating the contribution of the Australian Greek community in the development of the City of Rockdale 
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 2,205 residents in Bardwell Valley. 62.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Lebanon 5.3%, China 3.1% and Macedonia 2.5%. 50.3% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 15.6%, Greek 8.0% and Macedonian 3.9%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 23.0%, Islam 17.9% and Eastern Orthodox.
Parks and recreation
Bardwell Valley Golf Course sits beside the banks of Bardwell Creek. The Bardwell Valley Golf Club is located in Hillcrest Avenue. Silver Jubilee Park is located beside the golf course on Lorraine Avenue. Coolibah Reserve, Shepherd Reserve and Favell Picnic Area sit beside Bardwell Creek.
Home with Arts and Crafts influence, Glen Road
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bardwell Valley (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.20, ISBN 0-207-14495-8
- City of Rockdale plaque by Mayor Shaoquett Moselmane 8 september 2002
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