Homebush, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Library, Rochester Street
|Location||15 km (9 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||Municipality of Strathfield|
|State electorate(s)||Strathfield, Drummoyne|
Homebush is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 15 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Homebush is located south of Homebush Bay, an inlet of the Parramatta River. Homebush West is a separate suburb.
Homebush was established in the 1800s by the colony's then assistant surgeon D'Arcy Wentworth. According to local government historian Michael Jones, "Wentworth is popularly credited with having called the area after his 'home in the bush', although Homebush is also a place in Kent." 
Village of Homebush
The Village of Homebush estate was a section of the Underwood Estate located to the south of the railway. The land had boundaries of The Crescent, Homebush, Beresford, Coventry and Bridge Roads, was subdivided in 1878. Within the estate, Broughton, Abbotsford and Burlington Roads and Rochester and Meredith Streets were also gazetted. In the December of that year, 381 house blocks were auctioned. By the end of the century many large houses and substantial villas had been built. In the 20th century house construction continued and most blocks had been built on by the end of the 1920s.
- Billesdon, 104 Burlington Road, was built in 1915 for Stephen Rabone to a design by Rupert Minnett.
- Broughlea, 82 Abbotsford Road, was built circa 1881 for Horatio Aylward, a solicitor in the firm of Aylward and Wild.
- Camden Lodge, 102 Burlington Road, was built circa 1917 for Robert Trevethan.
- Dunkeld (now Edensor), 17–21 Meredith Street, was built circa 1903 for James Pearce (1857–1916), who was the proprietor of the Strathfield Flour Mills.
- Florenceville, 44 Abbotsford Road, was built in the early 1880s by John Shiply.
- Hawthorn, 78–80 Abbotsford Road, was built circa 1886 for Frederick William Binney to a design by Cyril and Arthur Blacket. Binney was Secretary of the Newcastle-Wallsend Coal Company and the Northern Collieries Association.
- Ingera (now Inglemere and trading as Darcy's Hotel), 2 Abbotsford Road, was built circa 1894 for William Norton.
- Rothsay, 72–76 Abbotsford, was built circa 1884 for Samuel Thompson (1821–1910), who was a stockbroker.
- Warwick, 96 Abbotsford Road, was built in the early 1890s in the late Victorian style. It became known as Warwick in 1902 when it was bought by public subscription for Emily Forrester (1842–1917), widow of William Forrester (1842–1901) who had owned Warwick Farm as a private racecourse before he died owning nothing. The Forrester Fund raised £1387 and its committee paid £800 for the Homebush house. Emily Forrester died at Warwick, Homebush, in 1917.
Homebush railway station is the terminus of all stations services on the Airport, Inner West & South Line of the Sydney Trains network. Parramatta Road and the M4 Western Motorway are the main arterial roads passing through the suburb.
Homebush has a small row of shops along Rochester Street, opposite Homebush Public School. These shops extend to The Crescent, opposite Homebush railway station. Many more commercial developments are located along Parramatta Road.
- Homebush Public School, a government primary school, was established in 1885 on its present site between The Crescent, Rochester Street and Burlington Road. Brick buildings were originally built facing The Crescent in 1897 and Burlington Road in 1916.
- Homebush Boys High School - Government high school.
- Pre-Uni New College High School - private coaching college.
At the 2011 Census, there were 6,195 residents in Homebush. The majority of people were born outside of Australia, with the top overseas countries of birth being India 11.8%, China 9.4%, Korea, Republic of (South) 8.1%, Sri Lanka 7.0% and Nepal 2.0%. Most people spoke a language other than English at home. Languages spoken at home included Korean 9.8%, Tamil 9.5%, Mandarin 8.4%, Cantonese 5.7% and Hindi 3.1%. The top religious affiliations were Catholic 21.9%, Hinduism 20.5% and No Religion 15.2%.
- D'Arcy Wentworth, surgeon
- James Lang, politician
- Thomas Keneally, author of Homebush Boy: A Memoir (1995)
- Fenella Kernebone, arts presenter
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Homebush (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Jones, Michael (1985). Oasis in the West: Strathfield's first hundred years. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin Australia. ISBN 0-86861-407-6 (page 15)
- Village of Homebush Walking Tour Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Strathfield History Images Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Broughlea Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Family Notices.". Leader (Orange, NSW : 1912 - 1922) (Orange, NSW: National Library of Australia). 7 June 1916. p. 5. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Hawthorne Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Inglemere Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- ["SPORTING.". Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 16 May 1902. p. 2. Retrieved 7 August 2013.]
- "Family Notices.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 2 July 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
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