Breakfast Point, New South Wales

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Breakfast Point
SydneyNew South Wales
Breakfast Point Park.JPG
Park at Breakfast Point
Population 2,744 (2011)[1]
 • Density 4,600/km2 (11,800/sq mi)
Established 16 April 1993
Postcode(s) 2137
Area 0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Location 16 km (10 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Canada Bay
State electorate(s) Drummoyne
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Breakfast Point:
Putney Tennyson Point Gladesville
Mortlake Breakfast Point Cabarita
Concord Concord Cabarita

Breakfast Point is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Breakfast Point is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district. It is in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay.[1]

History[edit]

According to historical records, the suburb name is derived from the first contact between Europeans and the traditional owners of the land, the Wangal Clan. The encounter took place on 5 February 1788 during Captain John Hunter's exploration of the Parramatta River, while Hunter was having breakfast.[2] William Bradley, First Lieutenant on board HMS Sirius, recorded the following entry in the log:

We landed to cook breakfast on the opposite shore to them (Breakfast Pt.). We made signs to them to come over and waved green boughs. Soon after which 7 of them came over in 2 canoes and landed near our boats. They left their spears in the canoes and came to us. We tied beads etc. about them and left them our fire to dress their muscles which they went about as soon as our boats put off.

Hunter, who was later to become Governor of New South Wales, is also remembered in the name of the nearby suburb of Hunters Hill.[3]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 2,744 residents in Breakfast Point. In Breakfast Point, 54.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 7.7%, Korea, Republic of (South) 4.1%, England 3.5%, Hong Kong (SAR of China) 2.1% and Italy 2.0%. 59.2% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 7.7%, Cantonese 5.7% and Korean 4.5%. The most common responses for religion in Breakfast Point (State Suburbs) were Catholic 32.9%, No Religion 20.4% and Anglican 13.0%. [4]

Commercial area[edit]

Much of the area at Breakfast Point was occupied by the Mortlake Gas Works of the Australian Gaslight Company (AGL). AGL began developing the site from 1883. The Mortlake Gasworks site offered river access for colliers to bring coal and virtually unlimited space for expansion. The gas works remained in operation until the 1990s when in 1998 AGL, after a selected tender process, selected Rosecorp Pty. Ltd. to progressively acquire and develop the Mortlake site. Redevelopment has proceeded since then.[5]

Breakfast Point also has a little town centre with IGA supermarket, The Olive Kitchen restaurant, Il Punto Pizzeria, two clothing shops, a hairdressers, day spa, dentist and optometrist. Further developments are planned. These developments are located opposite the historic Palace Hotel in Tennyson Road.

Housing[edit]

Breakfast Point is the location of one of the largest urban renewal projects in Sydney on a site formerly belonging to AGL. The New South Wales State Government took control of the approval process for the development from Canada Bay Council in August 2005, citing lengthy delays. Issues that arose between the council and the developer, Rosecorp, included the provision of public transport, public access to the area and its landscaping.[6] There are several streets with architecturally designed modern houses and many modern apartment blocks in the suburb, such as Hunter's Wharf on the Parramatta River.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  2. ^ Russell, Eric. Drummoyne: a western suburbs' history from 1794. Drummoyne, N.S.W.: Council of the Municipality of Drummoyne, Second Edition, 1982. ISBN 0-9599312-1-X.
  3. ^ Cobley, John (Compiler). Sydney Cove 1788 - in the Words of Australia's First Settlers : The True Story of a Nation's Birth. ISBN 0-207-15661-1.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Breakfast Point (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Broomham, R. 1986, Mortlake 1886-1986, AGL Pty. Ltd.
  6. ^ "Local council stripped of planning controls". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2005. 

Coordinates: 33°50′38″S 151°06′46″E / 33.844°S 151.1129°E / -33.844; 151.1129