Belmore, New South Wales
Burwood Road, Belmore
|Population||12,574 (2011 census)|
|Location||15 km (9 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Canterbury|
Belmore is named after the fourth Earl of Belmore, Governor of New South Wales from 1868-1872. The area was known as Darkwater in its early days. Some of the first land grants in 1810 were 40.5 hectares (100 acres) to Richard Robinson east of Sharp Street and Kingsgrove Road and 60 acres (240,000 m2) to Thomas Mansfield, to the west. Francis Wild and John Sullivan were each granted 30 acres (120,000 m2) in 1823. The area was originally used for market gardens and orchards. Subdivision started after the railway came through in 1895.
The first school, Belmore South Primary School opened on 25 April 1892 and the post office opened in 1907. The shopping centre began developing in the 1920s and features some classic examples of art-deco architecture.
Belmore contains a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial developments. The main commercial area is located along Burwood Road, near Belmore railway station. Commercial and industrial developments are also located along Canterbury Road and surrounding streets.
Churches and schools
- All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, St Albans Anglican Church, St Josephs Catholic Church, Belmore Church of Christ.
- Belmore South Public School, Belmore North Public School, Belmore Boys High School, St Josephs Primary School, All Saints Grammar.
Belmore Sports Ground is the former home ground of the National Rugby League team Canterbury Bulldogs, It is the current home ground for New South Wales Premier League team Sydney Olympic. The "Back to Belmore" campaign was established in August 2005 to upgrade Belmore Sports Grounds as a top-class sporting facility to NRL standards for the Bulldogs to stage a select number of NRL games at their traditional home ground in the long-term future.
Belmore is one of Australia's more ethnically diverse suburbs.
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 12,574 residents in Belmore. 42.4% of residents were born in Australia, compared with the national average of 69.8%. The most common other countries of birth were Greece 6.7%, Lebanon 5.1% and China 4.7%. 25.5% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 15.0%, Arabic 14.0% and Vietnamese 4.7%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 26.7%, Eastern Orthodox 19.8%, Islam 11.5%, No Religion 10.0% and Buddhism 6.4%.
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