Homebush West, New South Wales

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Homebush West
Sydney
Homebush West Church.JPG
St Dominics Catholic Church
Population 5,781 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 2140
Location 16 km (10 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Municipality of Strathfield
State electorate(s) Strathfield
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Homebush West:
Lidcombe Flemington Homebush Bay
Lidcombe Homebush West Homebush
Rookwood Strathfield Homebush
The Crescent, Homebush West

Homebush West is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Homebush West is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Homebush and Homebush Bay are separate suburbs to the east and north-east.

History[edit]

This area was originally known Liberty Plains but was called Flemington by John Fleming, who was granted 200 acres (0.81 km2) here in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. In the early 1970s, the Sydney Markets were built at Flemington to relieve the Paddy's Markets at Haymarket, in the city. Since the establishment of Sydney Markets at Flemington in 1975, the residential part of the suburb, south of the railway line became known as Homebush West.[3]

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." [4]

Transport[edit]

Homebush West is serviced by Flemington railway station, on the Airport, Inner West & South Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Commercial area[edit]

Homebush West has a small group of shops located in The Crescent, beside Flemington railway station and is also the location of the DFO Homebush factory outlet shopping centre.

Schools[edit]

The local school is Homebush West Public School servicing K-6. St Dominics Primary School closed in 2006.

Churches[edit]

There are four churches in Homebush West: St Dominics Catholic Church, St Columba Anglican Church(closed in 1999, now used by the Inner West Baptist Church), Intercession of the Holy Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Homebush Baptist Church.

Population[edit]

At the 2011 Census, there were 5,781 residents in Homebush West. About one quarter of residents were born in Australia, with the top other countries of birth being China 18.1%, India 14.7%, Republic of South Korea 5.5%, Sri Lanka 4.2% and Vietnam 3.0%. Most people spoke a language other than English at home. Languages spoken at home included Mandarin 15.9%, Cantonese 11.2%, Tamil 7.0%, Korean 6.4% and Hindi 4.7%.[1]

Current residents[edit]

Former residents[edit]

  • Greg Haddrick (born 1960), screenwriter and television producer
  • Bryan Palmer (1899–1990), Rugby Union player and coach of the Wallabies[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Homebush West (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 124
  4. ^ Jones, Michael (1985). Oasis in the West: Strathfield's first hundred years. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin Australia. ISBN 0-86861-407-6, pg 15
  5. ^ Jack Pollard Syd (1994). "Palmer, George Thomas Bryan (1899 - 1990)". Australian Rugby - The Game and the Players. p. 456. 

Coordinates: 33°52′05″S 151°04′15″E / 33.86801°S 151.07088°E / -33.86801; 151.07088