Merrylands, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Chambers of the City of Holroyd Council
|Population||26,658 (2011 census)|
|Location||25 km (16 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
Merrylands is a suburb in western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Merrylands is located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Holroyd. Part of the suburb (east of the railway line) is located in the local government area of the City of Parramatta.
Merrylands was named after the former English home of Arthur Todd Holroyd (1806–1887), who acquired land in this area in 1855 and who gave his name to the adjoining suburb of Holroyd.
Merrylands, covers 2 local government areas, with the railway being the boundary between Parramatta City Council (eastern side of railway) and Holroyd City Council (western side of the railway), also named after Arthur Todd Holroyd.
The Merrylands railway station is serviced by the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network. There is limited parking for commuters. It is on the bus route from Liverpool to Parramatta. Main transport corridors of Woodville Rd (Parramatta-Hume Hwy, Western Motorway M4 (Mountains to the sea). Other main roads include Coleman St (to Westmead Hospital), Hawkesview Rd (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Neil St (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Pitt St (to Parramatta), Lois St and Excelsior St (to Granville).
There are a number of churches in Merrylands, including Merrylands East Presbyterian Church, St Margaret Marys Catholic Church, Merrylands Anglican Church, Merrylands Baptist Church, Merrylands Uniting Church, Merrylands Presbyterian Church and an Evangelical church. There is also a Heritage Catholic Micro-Cathedral in honour of Saint Raphael the Arch-Angel on the corner of Warwick Road and Merrylands Road, which was not only the first and only Church in Merrylands but also one of the most uniquely designed in Western Sydney being a conventional-modern-neo-Gothic design.
With an entry Merrylands Road and Paton Street along the Cumberland Highway this nature reserve has kangaroos, emus, birdlife and waterfalls around the lake. Pinnaroo (Paton Street) and Yarrabee (Merrylands Road) can be hired for the day from Holroyd Council for a fee. Access is by road or bus from Merrylands Station and is a route of the Liverpool to the Parramatta Transitway.
Ted Burge Reserve
Bounded by Centenary Road, Hollywood, Richmond and Fairmount Streets. Is used as a sporting field for cricket, soccer, softball and netball.
On the corner of Merrylands Road and Burnett Street this complex has sporting fields, tennis courts, barbecue areas and a swim centre which has several outdoor pools and a grassed areas with a barbecue.
Merrylands Swimming Centre
Merrylands Swimming Centre was opened in 1968 and is owned and operated by Holroyd City Council. The Swimming Centre was heated in 2004 and consists of 3 pools. An 8 lane 50m competition pool, a training pool and a babies pool. The water in the competition and training pools is heated to 27 °C. The centre is the home of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club - the largest swimming club in the City of Holroyd and one of the largest in the South West of the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
Bounded by Merrylands Road (east of the railway line), Claremont Street, Montrose Avenue and Woodville Road the park is approximately 13.2ha in area. McDonalds has a restaurant on the corner of the park with access from Merrylands Road and Woodville Road. It has several sporting fields, a barbecue area, basketball court, cricket and nets, and playground equipment. When the circuses arrive they stay here.
During WWII Granville Park was used as US Naval Base Hospital No 10.
Several main cycle routes pass through Merrylands and surrounding suburbs and linking up to Liverpool, Penrith and Sydney Harbour. M4 has an exit in Crown Street, Parramatta for Parrmatta, Merrylands and Holroyd access.
Merrylands has a temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The average summer maximum temperature is 27.9 °C, but hot north-westerly winds can cause temperatures to rise to +40°C. The highest temperature recorded in the Merrylands area was 45.5 °C on 18 January 2013. The average winter maximum temperature is 18.1 °C, however, +27°C days have occurred, mostly in August. The coldest temperature recorded was -1.0 °C on 12 July 2002. The average yearly rainfall is 830.5mm.
At the 2011 census, Merrylands had a recorded population of 26,658. Of these people:
- 46.6% were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were Lebanon 8.4%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3.8%, India 3.7%, Afghanistan 3.2% and Philippines 1.9%.
- 32.2% of people only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Arabic 22.6%, Mandarin 3.3%, Turkish 2.9%, Cantonese 2.8% and Dari 2.5%.
- The most common religions were Catholic 34.7%, Islam 19.3%, No Religion 7.4%, Anglican 6.5% and Eastern Orthodox 5.2%.
- The median age was 32 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.9% of the population.
Some of the current and former residents of Merrylands include:
- Betty Cuthbert - Athlete. Born in Merrylands.
- Liam Fulton - Professional rugby league player. Resides in Merrylands.
- Rick Springfield - Singer, musician and actor. Born in Merrylands.
- Matthew Gardiner - Trade Unionist. Raised in Merrylands
- Paul Nakad - Musician and actor. Resides in Merrylands.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Merrylands (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- Stockland Merrylands Mall
- "Merrylands Swimming Centre". Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club. Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Swimming NSW Annual Report 2013/2014" (PDF). Swimming NSW. Swimming NSW. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
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