Artarmon, New South Wales

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Artarmon
SydneyNew South Wales
Willotarmon Estate.jpg
Poster for sale of land in Artarmon, 1909
Map
Population9,523 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,810/km2 (9,870/sq mi)
Established1794
Postcode(s)2064
Area2.5 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Location9 km (6 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Willoughby
State electorate(s)Willoughby, Lane Cove
Federal Division(s)North Sydney
Suburbs around Artarmon:
Lane Cove North Chatswood Willoughby
Lane Cove Artarmon Naremburn
Greenwich St Leonards St Leonards
Map Willoughby Artarmon.jpg

Artarmon is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby.[2]

History[edit]

In 1794 and 1796, land grants were given to soldiers and emancipists to encourage farming. The most important farm was owned by William Gore (1765–1845) who was the provost-marshal under NSW Governor William Bligh. Gore received a grant of 150 acres (0.61 km2) in 1810 and named it Artarmon after his family estate in Ireland. Gore Hill is named after him.[3]

The Chatswood South Uniting Church, located at the corner of Mowbray Road and the Pacific Highway, was designed by architect and later Mayor of Manly, Thomas Rowe and built in 1871. A sandstone church in the Gothic style, it features a small belfry flanking the eastern front of the building. Immediately to the west is a small cemetery, with graves going back to 1871. The building was extended in 1883 and 1930; it is now listed on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate.[4] The cemetery is listed by the National Trust and is known as the Pioneer's Memorial Reserve.

Artarmon Post Office opened on 1 December 1909.[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2016 census, there were 9,523 residents in Artarmon. 46.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 9.8%, India 4.8%, England 3.3%, Hong Kong 2.9% and Japan 2.4%. 50.9% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 11.5%, Cantonese 6.6%, Japanese 3.3%, Korean 2.7% and Nepali 2.4%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 36.7%, Catholic 18.1% and Anglican 10.0%.[1] The median weekly household income for Artarmon was $2183, significantly higher than the national median of $1,438.[7]

Commercial area[edit]

Artarmon has a mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas. High-rise buildings are located to the west of the railway line and houses to the east. There is also an industrial area south of the Gore Hill Freeway, although the suburb retains a rather leafy feel. A long row of shops is located beside the railway station on Hampden Road and a number of restaurants in Wilkes Avenue on the eastern side of the station. Artarmon Public Library is one of the branch libraries in the City of Willoughby.

Media[edit]

The studios of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), a public television station, are located in Herbert Street. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation was until recently located on the Pacific Highway, at Gore Hill. Fox Sports is headquartered on Broadcast Way near the Pacific Highway at Gore Hill. The Seven Network and Ten Network broadcast from a high transmission tower, operated by TXA in Hampden Road. The Nine Network has its studios in the adjacent suburb of Willoughby.

The Artarmon Fair is held annually in May.

Transport[edit]

Artarmon railway station is on the North Shore & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. The Gore Hill Freeway meets the Pacific Highway at Artarmon. Willoughby Council has started a free shuttle bus in between St. Leonards and the Artarmon Industrial Area. Buses to the Sydney CBD operate from Pacific Highway.

Schools[edit]

Artarmon Public School, opened in 1910[8], is a primary school serving the local community. It is consistently ranked amongst the best public schools in Sydney. It was ranked 1st in 2018[9]

Places of worship[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Photographer Max Dupain had his studio in Artarmon from 1971 till his death in 1992.

Ben O’Sullivan (Benjamin John William O'Sullivan III), talented sportsman, singer and actor. Ben has grown up in Artarmon since 2002. He has won 2 Grammys and an Oscar whilst also playing 80 tests for Australia in Cricket, averaging 72 with the bat. He was recently involved in the Sri Lankan Easter Bombings and while many thought he was on the brink of death he persevered and is credited for his resilience and ability to continue to present his many talents throughout these past challenging months. Despite his hardships, O’Sullivan has returned to the cricket field and is also recording his second studio album. Ben is rumoured to be in Love Island Australia coming out in the Summer of 2019. He is also nominated for ‘Australian of the year’ for 2020. He still resides in Artarmon currently and is crowned for his nobility and hero-ship. Most recently Ben has been publicly acclaimed for his contributions to fiction writing in Australia.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Artarmon (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 6
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/34
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Chatswood Reservoirs No. 1 and No. 2". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01321. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Artarmon". 23 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Our School". Artarmon Public School. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.bettereducation.com.au/school/Primary/nsw/sydney_top_government_primary_schools.aspx
  10. ^ http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/max-dupain

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°48′32″S 151°10′59″E / 33.80894°S 151.18292°E / -33.80894; 151.18292