Broadmeadow, New South Wales

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Broadmeadow
NewcastleNew South Wales
Population 1,552 (2011)[1]
 • Density 780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Established 1880s
Postcode(s) 2292
Area 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 5 km (3 mi) W of Newcastle
LGA(s) City of Newcastle
Parish Newcastle
State electorate(s) Newcastle
Federal Division(s) Newcastle
Suburbs around Broadmeadow:
Waratah Georgetown Hamilton North
New Lambton Broadmeadow Hamilton
New Lambton Adamstown Hamilton South

Broadmeadow is the geographic centre of Newcastle city.[citation needed] Its main commercial hub is located at the "Nineways".[2] It is the home of the Newcastle Knights.

Broadmeadow had a population of 1,552 in 2011.[1]

Origins[edit]

Broadmeadow was originally part of the Newcastle Pasturage Reserve of 648 hectares. It developed around the Great Northern Railway, the road to Newcastle’s western suburbs and the construction of the Sydney to Newcastle Railway in the 1880s.[2]

Nineways is a major intersection at Broadmeadow, originally constructed as a landscaped garden in the centre of a roundabout at the intersection of nine roads/tramlines that converge there,[2] the area was later reconstructed to have a set of traffic lights connected to only four roads. The other roads that accessed the roundabout were variously partly or fully closed off.

At Nineways stood the Century Theatre, rebuilt by Hoyts Theatres after World War II, with vast foyers on two floors and seating 1600, as one of Newcastle's premier theatres for stage and screen. It was often a venue for symphony orchestra concerts after the closure of the city's Victoria Theatre, but the exodus from cinemas because of television caused its closure in the early 1970s. It was said to have sustained severe structural damage during the 1989 earthquake, and was subsequently quickly demolished, amidst great controversy.

Modern history[edit]

The Broadmeadow railway station is situated close by and is being considered as the site for Newcastle's official transport interchange,[citation needed] with the retention of the existing railway line into the city. Between Adamstown and Broadmeadow railway stations there is a large marshaling yard that opened in 1938. Adjoining this marshaling yard was Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot which was the second largest steam locomotive depot in the state, and served the last mainline steam locomotives in service on the New South Wales Government Railways in 1973.[3] The depot was then used for the stabling & servicing of Diesel locomotives until the depot was closed in 1994.[4]

There are two high schools in Broadmeadow (formerly known as Newcastle Central),[citation needed] Hunter School of Performing Arts (HSPA) whose students have to pass a performance trial, and Merewether High School. The latter is the only academically selective secondary school in the Newcastle region.

Broadmeadow is also home to the Newcastle Regional Showground which holds the Newcastle Regional Show and has the Newcastle Entertainment Centre which hosts concerts and other large scale performances. The Hunter Pirates basketball team previously played home games at the Entertainment Centre before being relocated to Singapore.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Broadmeadow (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Newcastle City Council, About Newcastle
  3. ^ Groves, Ken et al (1994), The 60 Class, New South Wales Rail Transport Museum ISBN 0-909862-33-8
  4. ^ "Remember When" Railway Digest February 1995 page 45

Coordinates: 32°54′54″S 151°44′06″E / 32.915°S 151.735°E / -32.915; 151.735