Abbotsford, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
AbbotsfordHouse Isabella Andronos.jpg
Abbotsford House
Population 5,112 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 5,100/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2046
Area 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Location 10 km (6 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Canada Bay
State electorate(s) Drummoyne
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Abbotsford:
Gladesville Gladesville Henley
Cabarita Abbotsford Chiswick
Five Dock Wareemba Russell Lea

Abbotsford is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Abbotsford is 10 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay. Abbotsford sits on the peninsula between Abbotsford Bay and Hen and Chicken Bay, on the Parramatta River.[3]


Abbotsford took its name from Abbotsford House, owned by Sir Arthur Renwick. He named his property after Abbotsford House in the United Kingdom, the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.[4]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Abbotsford was first known by its Aboriginal name Bigi Bigi.[5]

European settlement[edit]

The suburb was originally part of Five Dock Farm and when subdivided in 1837, was called Feltham. Sir Arthur Renwick, a doctor, philanthropist and politician built his home here in 1890 and called it Abbotsford House in honour of Sir Walter Scott's home. Renwick sold his property in 1903 to Albert Grace, and in 1918 it became the site of a Nestlé chocolate factory, with the house used initially for chocolate production and later as their administrative offices. The factory was closed in 1991, after which the area was redeveloped as the medium-density Abbotsford Cove housing complex.[6]

Australian poet Henry Lawson did not die in Abbotsford House in 1922, as is sometimes claimed, but at the home of Mrs Isabella Byers at 437 Great North Road, recently demolished. Abbotsford House is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[7]


According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 5,112 residents in Abbotsford. 65.8% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Italy 6.0%, England 3.8% and China 2.2%. 68.0% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 11.1%, Cantonese 2.6% and Greek 1.9%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 42.0%, No Religion 19.2% and Anglican 13.9%.[1]


Sydney Buses run a bus route through Abbotsford and a ferry wharf provides access to Parramatta River ferry services. Electric trams operated to Abbotsford until their replacement by buses in 1954.[8]

Commercial area[edit]

Abbotsford has a small group of shops on Great North Road.


Abbotsford Public School is a local primary school at 350 Great North Road.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Abbotsford Sailing Club and Sydney Rowing Club sit on the Parramatta River, at the end of Great North Road. Abbotsford houses the rowing sheds for Sydney High School, Newington College and MLC School.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Abbotsford (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  4. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.1
  5. ^ Reed, Alexander Wyclif (1969). Place-names of New South Wales, their origins and meanings. Reed. pp. 1, 14. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/23
  8. ^ D. Keenan: Tramways of Sydney. Transit Press 1979

Coordinates: 33°51′08″S 151°07′38″E / 33.85215°S 151.12726°E / -33.85215; 151.12726