Ashcroft, New South Wales

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Ashcroft
SydneyNew South Wales
AshcroftNSWpark.jpg
Population3,585 (2016 census)[1]
Established1972
Postcode(s)2168
Location35 km (22 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Liverpool
State electorate(s)Liverpool
Federal Division(s)Werriwa
Suburbs around Ashcroft:
Heckenberg Mount Pritchard Liverpool
Sadleir Ashcroft Liverpool
Cartwright Lurnea Liverpool

Ashcroft is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 35 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Liverpool.

History[edit]

The suburb was formed as part of the Housing Commission's Green Valley development. It was named Ashcroft after the pioneering family in the district that gave the land for the site of this development. The Ashcroft family was active in establishing meat wholesaling and retailing activities at the Homebush abattoir. E.J. Ashcroft was a butcher at Liverpool in the 1890s. Although named earlier, Ashcroft was officially gazetted on 7 April 1972. Ashcroft Post Office opened on 3 May 1965 and closed in 1985.[2]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,585 people in Ashcroft.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.5% of the population.
  • 53.4% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Vietnam 7.0%, Lebanon 5.5% and Iraq 3.5%.
  • 39.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 19.2% and Vietnamese 10.7%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Islam 20.6% and Catholic 19.5%.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Childhood home of Mark Latham, former leader of the Australian Labor Party.[3]
  • Joseph Gatehau, finalist on the 2006 series of Australian Idol.
  • X-Factor finalists Mahogany (9th contestants eliminated) attended Ashcroft High School.
  • Brad Fittler - a Rugby league great, a former Ashcroft resident and also attended Ashcroft High School.
  • Jason Taylor - former professional rugby league footballer and former coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, a former Ashcroft resident and also attended Ashcroft High School.
  • Ben Te'o - Rugby league player with South Sydney Rabbitohs attended Ashcroft High School.
  • Junior Paulo - Rugby League player for Canberra Raiders attended Ashcroft High School.

Notable events[edit]

Ashcroft High School were the first co-educational school to win the Amco Shield (now called the Arrive Alive Cup). They won the Amco Shield in 1977 and again in 1985. In 1976, Ashcroft became the first City school to win the University Shield for 31 years and went on to win it again in 1977, 1984 and 1985.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ashcroft (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  3. ^ Lagan, Bernard (2005). Loner: inside a Labor tragedy. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. pp. 41–42. ISBN 1-74114-515-5.
  • The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8

Coordinates: 33°55′18″S 150°53′43″E / 33.92165°S 150.89541°E / -33.92165; 150.89541