Glenfield, New South Wales

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Glenfield
SydneyNew South Wales
Glenfield panorama.jpg
Glenfield Panorama
Population 7,558 (2011)[1]
Established 1881
Postcode(s) 2167
Location 40 km (25 mi) W of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Macquarie Fields
Federal Division(s) Werriwa
Suburbs around Glenfield:
Prestons Casula Liverpool
Edmondson Park Glenfield Moorebank
Macquarie Links Macquarie Fields Holsworthy

Glenfield is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Glenfield is located 40 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government areas of the City of Campbelltown and the City of Liverpool. It is part of the Macarthur region.

History[edit]

Glenfield was named after the property founded by early colonial surgeon and explorer, Charles Throsby. According to local authorities and Campbelltown City Library, the property was named after the Glenfield in Leicestershire, England, where Throsby once lived. Many of the streets in the suburb have links to British names, such as Canterbury Road, Cambridge Avenue and Trafalgar Street.[2]

The name was first used when Glenfield railway station was built in 1869 although a village didn't begin to develop until 1881 when the first subdivision of the paddocks were marketed. A public school opened in a tent the following year and a local post office was established in 1899. Hurlstone Agricultural High School also moved to Glenfield in the 1920s. However, the suburb did not really develop until the 1950s and 60s.[2]

1968 Siege[edit]

Glenfield gained notoriety in 1968 as the site of a hostage siege which ended in bizarre circumstances with the NSW Commissioner of Police Norm Allen acting as witness to the wedding of gunman Wally Mellish and hostage Beryl Muddle. The incident was made into the movie Mr Reliable starring Colin Friels and Jacqueline McKenzie.[3][4]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Glenfield (Macquarie)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 41.0
(105.8)
41.1
(106)
41.1
(106)
35.3
(95.5)
29.7
(85.5)
24.4
(75.9)
25.6
(78.1)
28.3
(82.9)
35.6
(96.1)
36.7
(98.1)
39.2
(102.6)
41.0
(105.8)
41.1
(106)
Average high °C (°F) 27.9
(82.2)
27.9
(82.2)
26.6
(79.9)
24.5
(76.1)
20.7
(69.3)
18.0
(64.4)
17.7
(63.9)
18.7
(65.7)
21.2
(70.2)
23.6
(74.5)
25.6
(78.1)
27.6
(81.7)
23.3
(73.9)
Average low °C (°F) 16.4
(61.5)
16.8
(62.2)
15.3
(59.5)
11.2
(52.2)
7.6
(45.7)
5.5
(41.9)
3.1
(37.6)
4.7
(40.5)
6.9
(44.4)
10.5
(50.9)
12.1
(53.8)
15.0
(59)
10.4
(50.7)
Record low °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
9.4
(48.9)
3.3
(37.9)
3.1
(37.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
−2.2
(28)
−4.7
(23.5)
−1.9
(28.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
0.6
(33.1)
2.8
(37)
6.7
(44.1)
−4.7
(23.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 80.5
(3.169)
78.9
(3.106)
95.5
(3.76)
62.2
(2.449)
67.2
(2.646)
80.0
(3.15)
59.3
(2.335)
51.1
(2.012)
40.1
(1.579)
56.6
(2.228)
61.4
(2.417)
61.9
(2.437)
795.7
(31.327)
Avg. precipitation days 7.7 8.4 8.4 7.1 6.9 7.7 6.1 7.0 6.8 7.6 7.5 7.3 88.5
Source: [5]

Population[edit]

According to the 2011 census, Glenfield had a population of 7,558 people with higher than average numbers of couples with children (51.1%) and single-parent families (17.3%). About half (49.2%) of people were born outside of Australia, with the top countries of birth being India 6.2%, Philippines 3.6% and Bangladesh 3.2%. The most common languages (other than English) spoken at home included Bengali 4.4%, Hindi 4.3% and Arabic 2.8%. Most houses in the area are detached (65%) with a substantial number of townhouses (32.8%).[1]

Housing[edit]

New Facilities in the Vista Estate

A number of new residential subdivisions have been developed in the north-western corner of Glenfield in the area bounded by Campbelltown Road and Glenfield Road. These developments are called Panorama, Vista at Panorama, Glenfield Circuit & Parkside Glenfield and are mixed density housing comprising duplex and freestanding housing.

Panorama, Vista at Panorama estates are community titled with amenities such as pool, tennis courts, security patrols and barbecues that are available for exclusive use of residents. Community activities such as cocktails nights, family fun days and street Christmas parties [6] are also organized by a third party company to encourage a close knit community atmosphere.

Transport[edit]

Glenfield Railway Station before upgrades.

Glenfield railway station is a junction for the Revesby and Granville branches of the Airport, Inner West & South Line on the Sydney Trains network.

Recently upgraded platforms 1 and 2 of Glenfield railway station, with stairways leading to an overhead concourse.

Significant construction work is underway at Glenfield station as part of the South West Rail Link.

A recent notable completed work is the Glenfield station car park which commenced October 2009 and completed September 2010. This multi-storey commuter car park was constructed north-east of the station with entry off Roy Watts Road. This car park provides approximately 700 spaces and includes disabled parking, lift access to all levels, CCTV surveillance and security lighting. Parking is free and available 24 hours, seven days per week.[7]

Remaining phases of work related to the South West Rail Link consists of;[8]

  1. A new 11.4-kilometre rail line from Glenfield to Leppington
  2. Two new stations located at Edmonson Park and Leppington, including commuter car parking
  3. A train stabling facility at Rossmore
  4. An upgrade of the existing Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange
  5. Construction of Glenfield North and Glenfield South rail flyovers.

The M5 South Western Motorway and Hume Highway sit on the western border of Glenfield. Additionally, the Westlink M7 is also close to its western border.

Schools[edit]

  • Ajuga School - a school for behavioural needs students, K - 12 [9]
  • Campbell House School - a school for behavioural needs students, yr7 onward [10]
  • Glenfield Park School - a school for behavioural needs students [11]
  • Glenfield Public School [12]
  • Glenwood Public School [13]
  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School - a selective high school

Sports grounds[edit]

Seddon Park - used primarily for Cricket and Rugby League. Blinman Park - used primarily for Cricket and Soccer Kennett Park - used for Baseball Glenfield Tennis Courts

References[edit]

Coordinates: 33°57′54″S 150°53′35″E / 33.965°S 150.893°E / -33.965; 150.893