Lindfield, New South Wales

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Lindfield
SydneyNew South Wales
Waimea Road, Lindfield, New South Wales (2011-04-28) 04.jpg
Waimea Road, Lindfield
Population 8,657 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,674.5/km2 (4,337/sq mi)
Established 1815
Postcode(s) 2070
Area 5.17 km2 (2.0 sq mi)[2]
Location 13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s) Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around Lindfield:
Killara Killara East Killara
Macquarie Park Lindfield East Lindfield
North Ryde Roseville Roseville Chase

Lindfield is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 13 kilometres north-west of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Lindfield is a separate suburb, although they share the postcode of 2070.

Location and history[edit]

This suburb of 5.17 square kilometres contains residential housing of California bungalow and federation style, in double brick and tile construction. Australian native bushland in Garigal National Park and Lane Cove National Park borders the suburb.

Lindfield means "lime tree field" and the area was settled by Europeans in the 1850s. The name derives from the native town of an early landowner, Mr List, who named his house after Lindfield, Sussex, England. When the railway line came through the area in 1890s, the name of the property was used to identify the station and neighbourhood.[3]

Lindfield railway station opened in 1890,[4] and Lindfield Post Office opened on 5 January 1895.[5]

Infrastructure and development[edit]

Ku-ring-gai municipality
Holy Family Catholic Church

Lindfield railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network and is about 30 minutes by train from the Sydney central business district. The Pacific Highway is the main arterial road through Lindfield. Lindfield has a small commercial area on both sides of Lindfield railway station on the Pacific Highway and Lindfield Avenue. The former Commonwealth Bank is an art deco style building on the Pacific Highway.

Lindfield is home to five places of worship: St Albans Anglican Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Lindfield Uniting Church (with church buildings on Tryon Road and the Pacific Highway) and the North Shore Synagogue.

Schools in the suburb comprise: Lindfield Public School, Lindfield East Public School, Newington College Preparatory School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, and Masada College (K-6). The University of Technology, Sydney also offers courses at the Ku-ring-gai campus located on Eton Road. The Ku-ring-gai campus offers courses in business, nursing and midwifery, education and travel.

Lindfield Library is a branch of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Library Network. There are two community halls: East Lindfield Community Hall at Crana Avenue and West Lindfield Community Hall at Moore Avenue. There are two tennis courts at Lindfield Community Centre (behind the library) and a further two courts at Lindfield Park in Tryon Road.

Commercial[edit]

Lindfield Avenue shops 
Pacific Highway shops 
Pacific Highway Tudor revival building 
Lindfield Uniting Church 

Residential[edit]

Waimea Road 
Federation revival apartments, Russell Avenue 
Modern apartments, Woodside Avenue 
Federation House, Trafalgar Avenue 
Federation house, Strickland Avenue 
Federation house, Middle Harbour Road 
Federation house, Nelson Road 
California bungalow house, Northcote Road 
Arts & Crafts Bungalow house, Waimea Road 
Arts & Crafts Bungalow House, Northcote Road 
Federation revival house, Tryon Road 
Federation revival house, Nelson Road 
Modern house, Valley Road 
Federation home, Waimea Road 
Federation home, Treatts Road 

Residents[edit]

Strickland Avenue

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, Lindfield recorded a population of 8,657. Of these:[1]

Age distribution 
The distribution of ages in Lindfield was similar to the country as a whole. Lindfield residents' median age was 40 years, similar to the national median of 37. Children aged under 15 years made up 21.6% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.6% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
Ethnic diversity 
Over half (60.4%) of Lindfield residents were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.0%, China 4.5%, Hong Kong 3.6%, South Korea 2.4%, and New Zealand 2.0%. More than two-thirds (69.8%) spoke English at home; others spoke mostly Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean.
Income 
The median weekly household income was $2,414, nearly double the national median of $1,234.
Housing 
Stand-alone houses accounted for two-thirds (67.6%) of residences, while 27.8% were flats, units or apartments and just 4.4% were semi-detached (mostly townhouses). The average household size was 2.9 people.

Famous Residents[edit]

Peter Garrett, former Midnight Oil singer and later Australian Labor Party (ALP) politician, lived in Lindfield during his teenage years.[6]

Karl Stefanovic, co-host of the Today show and 60 Minutes presenter lives in Lindfield.[7]

Singer Iva Davies from the band Icehouse, lived in Lindfield during the 1970s to early-1980s whilst he was part of the ABC Sinfonia (orchestra) and started the band there.[8][9] The song "Icehouse" was written about 18 Tryon Road, Lindfield.[9]

Former Sherbet guitarist Clive Shakespeare operated the Silverwood recording studio in Hobart Avenue.

Wallaby captains Stirling Mortlock and Nick Farr-Jones have lived or do live in Lindfield, as did sports commentator and "the Voice of Rugby" Gordon Bray.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lindfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Basic Community Profile (spreadsheet)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 154
  4. ^ "Lindfield Railway Station Group". New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Bye, Clarissa; O'Rourke, Jim (13 June 2004). "The night a man woke up to mortality, love and civic duty". The Sun-Herald. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Wood, Stephanie (27 October 2011). "Cereal offender". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Icehouse still gorgeous". Adelaide Review. October 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Songlines". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 November 2005. p. 4. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 

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Coordinates: 33°46′36″S 151°10′16″E / 33.77674°S 151.17119°E / -33.77674; 151.17119