Alexandria, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°54′06″S 151°12′00″E / 33.90166°S 151.20007°E / -33.90166; 151.20007
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SydneyNew South Wales
Parkview Hotel, Mitchell Road
Alexandria is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°54′06″S 151°12′00″E / 33.90166°S 151.20007°E / -33.90166; 151.20007
Population9,649 (SAL 2021)[1]
 • Density1,540/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Elevation15 m (49 ft)
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location4 km (2 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Sydney
Suburbs around Alexandria:
Erskineville Eveleigh Redfern, Waterloo
Newtown Alexandria Zetland, Beaconsfield
St Peters Mascot Green Square, Rosebery

Alexandria is an inner southern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Alexandria is located 5 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. The postcode is 2015.[2]

The rough boundaries of Alexandria are Botany Road to the east, Gardeners Road to the south, Mitchell Road and Sydney Park to the west, and Boundary Road to the north. It is approximately 3.5 km south of Central station.


The Parish of Alexandria was established in 1835. The naming of Alexandria and neighbouring Waterloo commemorates the famous British Empire military and naval victories over Napoleon – the Battles of Alexandria and Waterloo. The Iron Duke Hotel in Alexandria is itself named after the Duke of Wellington, as is Wellington Street in Waterloo. It was thought Alexandria may have been named after Princess Alexandra, Queen consort of King Edward VII, however, Alexandra was born on 1 December 1844 and the parish's naming predates the birth of Alexandra by six years.

In 1868, the Municipality of Alexandria was formed, after separating from Waterloo. The former Alexandria Town Hall is in Garden Street.[3] Land for the building was acquired in 1879; the building was designed by Ferdinand Reuss Snr and completed in 1881. Major alterations took place over the years, right up to 1928. The building is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.[4]

By 1943, Alexandria was the largest industrial district in Australia, and known as the "Birmingham of Australia", with everything from bricks to aeroplanes manufactured in 550 factories in just 1,000 acres (4.0 km2).[5] The municipality was abolished upon merger into the City of Sydney in 1949, along with Darlington, Erskineville, Newtown, Redfern, Waterloo, Paddington and The Glebe.

In 1968 the boundaries were changed again and Alexandria was part of a new municipality, South Sydney Council. South Sydney was brought back into the City of Sydney in 1982 and then became separate again under the City of Sydney Act of 1988. In 2004, Alexandria moved back into the City of Sydney, when the City of Sydney was merged with the City of South Sydney.


Tram lines, Mitchell Road, early 1950s
Tram from Mitchell Road in Henderson Road early 1900s

The former Alexandria tram line opened in 1902 as a single-track electric line that was duplicated in 1910. The line branched off from the Botany line at the junction of Henderson and Botany Roads in Alexandria. The line proceeded down Henderson Road then swung left into Mitchell Road. A turn-back was provided at Ashmore Road (near Erskineville Oval) for short working. The line turned right into the present day Sydney Park Road (then known as an extension of Mitchell Road) before terminating at the junction with the Cook's River line at the Princes Highway near St Peters railway station. Services operated from Circular Quay in a route similar to the Botany line as far as the Henderson Road junction. The line was closed in 1959. Transit Systems route 308 generally follows the route as far as St Peters station.

Heritage listings[edit]

Alexandria has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2021 census, there were 9,649 people living in Alexandria.[9] At the 2016 census, Alexandria had a population of 8,262.[10]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.8% of the population. The most common ancestries in Alexandria were Australian 31.6%, English 24.3%, Irish 13.6%, Chinese 10.1% and Scottish 9.9%. 59.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 5.1%, New Zealand 3.3%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 2.6%, the United States 1.4% and Indonesia 1.2%. 74.1% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 3.1%, Spanish 2.0%, Cantonese 1.9%, Portuguese 1.0% and Indonesian 1.0%. The most common responses for religion in Alexandria were No Religion 57.2%, Catholic 16.4%, Anglican 5.0% and Buddhism 3.0%. 65.2% of residences were flats and 29.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.[9]

Commercial area[edit]

Alexandria is a largely industrial suburb with medium to high density residential areas. The suburb was once mostly terraced housing, that was demolished for light industrial use and warehousing which continues to this day. Pockets of quiet residential areas remain along the northern boundary of the suburb, adjoining Erskineville and Waterloo.

Virgin Atlantic has its Australia offices on Level 3 Eastside in the Sydney Corporate Park in Alexandria.[11]

One of the landing points of the trans-Pacific submarine telecommunications cable, the Southern Cross Cable, is located in the suburb.[12]

Green Square[edit]

Alexandria is part of the Green Square district, in the north east of the suburb, which is undergoing gentrification. This involves an urban renewal project that is constructing modern retail, business and medium-high density residential developments.

South Sydney markets[edit]

Established in September 2009, its main purpose was to meet the community demand for local markets, providing fine produce and a venue for local handmade crafts. The children's activities kept the little ones entertained with face painting and a kids zoo. It was open every Sunday 10am - 3pm at O'Riordan St Alexandria however, it has unfortunately been temporarily closed.


Alexandria is serviced by Transdev John Holland routes to the Sydney central business district. Alexandria is close to two railway lines on the Sydney Trains network. Green Square railway station, located on the north-eastern fringe, is on the Airport & South Line. Erskineville railway station and St Peters railway station are serviced by the Bankstown Line. Both are within easy walking distance, to the west of Alexandria.


Sport and recreation[edit]

Sydney Park is a large recreational area on the western border. Alexandria Park and McKell Playground are situated on Buckland Street. Tennis courts and a cricket oval are located here. Erskineville Oval is just over the western border. Erskineville Oval is the home ground of the Alexandria Rovers junior rugby league team.[15] The Alexandria Dukes Rugby Football Club play in the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union competition and will again contest the Meldrum Cup in 2014. The club rooms for the Dukes are at the Iron Duke Hotel.

A number of popular pubs are located in the suburb including the Alexandria Hotel (reopened), Iron Duke Hotel, Buckland Hotel and the Parkview Hotel on Mitchell Road.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Alexandria (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p. 2
  4. ^ "Alexandria Town Hall including interior". NSW Environment & Heritage.
  5. ^ Residents Guide 2007. City of Sydney.
  6. ^ "Alexandra Canal". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01621. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  7. ^ "Enginemans Resthouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00723. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  8. ^ "Yiu Ming Temple". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01297. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Alexandria". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Alexandria (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "Australia Office." Virgin Atlantic. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  12. ^ Access Points Southern Cross Cables
  13. ^ "Diocese Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved 27 February 2011. "EPISCOPAL HEADQUARTERS 14 Renwick St, Alexandria NSW 2015"
  14. ^ "Yiu Ming Temple". NSW Environment & Heritage.
  15. ^ "Alexandria Rovers Rugby League Football Club".

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