Kingsgrove, New South Wales

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Kingsgrove
SydneyNew South Wales
Kingsgrove 1.JPG
Kingsgrove Road (north)
Population 10,620 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2208
Location 13 km (8 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Rockdale, City of Hurstville, City of Canterbury
State electorate(s) Kogarah, Lakemba
Federal Division(s) Barton, Watson, Banks
Suburbs around Kingsgrove:
Beverly Hills Earlwood Clemton Park
Beverly Hills Kingsgrove Bexley North
Hurstville Hurstville Bexley
Kingsgrove Road (north)
Kingsgrove Road (south)

Kingsgrove is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Kingsgrove is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of the Sydney central business district and lies across the local government areas of the City of Rockdale, the City of Hurstville and the City of Canterbury. Therefore, Kingsgrove is in both the St George and South-western Sydney regions.

History[edit]

Governor Philip King granted 500 acres (2 km²) in 1804 to Hannah Laycock (1758-1831), the wife of Quartermaster Thomas Laycock (1756-1809). She named the farm King's Grove in Governor King’s honour. This was later simplified to Kingsgrove. The area would be now bounded by Kingsgrove Road, Bexley Road and William Street. Governor King made Thomas Laycock an officer of merit and recommended him to fill the vacancy an ensign in the New South Wales Corps. Two of their sons, William and Samuel were also given land grants of 100 acres (0.4 km2) each in the same area in 1804 and Hannah received another 120 acres (0.5 km2) in 1812. The entire 820 acres (3.3 km2) of Kingsgrove farm when sold to Simeon Lord in 1829, extended from Campsie and Clemton Park to Stoney Creek Road.[citation needed]

The first inn built in the area was the Man of Kent on Kingsgrove Road, near Morris Avenue and was licensed on 1 July 1850. The licensee Evan Evans, was formerly a sea captain. His daughter Maria married Thomas Smithson, who manufactured snuff and tobacco from premises in Stoney Creek Road. Smithson also had a vineyard on the site of today’s Bexley Golf Course. Kingsgrove railway station opened in 1931 and development in the area followed.[2]

Commercial area[edit]

The main shopping centre is located on Kingsgrove Road, south of Kingsgrove railway station. Commercial and industrial developments are located on the northern side of the railway line, west of Kingsgrove Road. There are also some commercial developments scattered along Stoney Creek Road and Canterbury Road. A small group of shops on Stoney Creek Road is known as the Kingsway locality. Kingsgrove RSL Club is located in Brocklehurst Lane behind Kingsgrove Road.[3]

Kingsgrove Road boasts a variety of food outlets, gift stores, restaurants, cafes, hair salons and services such as Solicitors, Accountants and General Practitioners. There is also a Woolworths supermarket in the area.

Transport[edit]

Kingsgrove Road runs from Stoney Creek Road in the south to Canterbury Road in the north. Kingsgrove Road also has entrance and exit ramps for the M5 Motorway, with access towards Sydney Airport and Sydney CBD. Moorefields Road and William Street are other main roads in the suburb.

Kingsgrove railway station is on the East Hills line of the Sydney Trains network. State Transit Authority buses also service the suburb.

Schools[edit]

Churches[edit]

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Kingsgrove

Parks and recreation[edit]

Parks in the suburb include Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve, Smith Reserve and Beverly Grove Reserve.

Population[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population, there were 10,620 people in Kingsgrove. 39.9% stated they were born overseas with the top countries of birth being China 6.8%, Greece 6.2% and Italy 3.2%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 39.9% of residents and the most common other languages spoken were Greek 17.9%, Cantonese 9.1% and Arabic 6.1%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 29.2%, Orthodox 23.1% and Anglican 10.1%.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 33°56′21″S 151°06′05″E / 33.93910°S 151.10138°E / -33.93910; 151.10138