Sydney, New South Wales
Guidlford Arabic Baptist Church
|Population||2,596 (2011 census)|
|Location||24 km (15 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Fairfield|
Old Guildford is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 24 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. It is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Old Guildford and Guildford were named after the Earl of Guildford.
Prior to colonisation, the Dharug people lived in small groups across the Cumberland Plain, including in the area which is now the Woodville Ward. The Bidjigal clan lived around the area which is now Guildford.
Lieutenant Samuel North was granted 640 acres (2.6 km2) here on 1837 and named his property Guildford, as he had ties with the Earl of Guildford. Although the name of the property changed to Orchardleigh in 1843 when it was sold by North, the name Guildford stuck to the region and the small hamlet which developed in the area around Woodville Road. In 1869 a school had opened and a church was built in the 1880s.
In 1876, a railway station was built on the line some distance to the north of the village and named Guildford because it was the closest settlement to the station. The settlement that grew up around the railway station became larger than the original village and ultimately took over the name Guildford with the former settlement becoming known as Old Guildford.
According to the 2011 census, Old Guildford had a population of 2,596 people with a very substantial Arabic speaking population (45%). The majority of the suburb's residents were Australian born with the next most common place of birth being Lebanon (12.9%) followed by Vietnam (2.7%), Burma (1.8%), Iraq (1.8%) and China (1.7%). Old Guildford had a higher than average number of families with children (58%) and the average family income of $1,035 per week was significantly less than the national average ($1,481).
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Old Guildford (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
- "Old Guildford". Fairfield City Council. Retrieved 29 August 2008.
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