Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||3,550 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Location||30 km (19 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Fairfield|
Carramar is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Carramar is located 30 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Fairfield and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Carramar's name comes from an aboriginal word meaning "shade of trees". The first land grant in the area was made by Governor King in 1803. One of Sydney's oldest trees, the Bland Oak, was planted in the suburb in the 1830s by William Bland. When the railway station opened here in 1924 it was called South Fairfield. However, the area had been known as Carramar since at least the 1850s and the name of the station was changed to Carramar in 1926. A post office was opened the following year as the local population began to swell.
According to the 2016 census of population, there were 3,550 residents in Carramar. 37.6% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Vietnam 14.6%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3.6%, Iraq 3.1%, New Zealand 2.6% and Lebanon 2.3%. 26.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese 18.2%, Arabic 11.2%, Cantonese 3.7%, Mandarin 3.3% and Spanish 3.1%. The most common religious groups were Catholic 22.3%, Buddhism 15.4%, Islam 15.2%, No Religion 14.4% and Not stated 9.7%. Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (47.9%).
Commercial areas and transport
Carramar has a small commercial shopping centre, and a small industrial area. Carramar railway station is on the Main Southern railway line. Fairfield Precinct Park is adjacent to those residing in the suburb's northern outskirts. Ruby Manor, situated in Ruby Street, is a modern apartment block that is a nursing home and an aged care facility that has over 90 beds and 60 rooms.
Carramar is one of Sydney's poorest suburbs according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Residents have referred to Carramar as "the forgotten suburb" due to it having damaged footpaths, scarce street lighting and no disabled access for its train station. To improve the suburb, Fairfield City Council had planned in 2018 to establish a 3,200m2 park in between Carramar and Villawood.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carramar (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.146 ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 52
- "Carramar Public School". NSW Department of Education & Training. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
- Ruby Manor Nursing home from OLC Care
- The forgotten suburbs of NSW by Tony Ibrahim, The Daily Telegraph
- Walters, Rosaline (29 July 2014). "Carramar girl in running to be Bollywood star". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2016.