City of Canterbury (New South Wales)
|City of Canterbury
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|• Density||4,303.45/km2 (11,145.9/sq mi)|
|Established||17 March 1879|
|Abolished||12 May 2016|
|Area||34 km2 (13.1 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Mayor||Brian Robson (Labor)|
|Website||City of Canterbury|
The City of Canterbury was primarily residential and light industrial in character. The city was home to over 130 nationalities, with a majority of its residents being born overseas, with the council calling itself "the City of Cultural Diversity." First incorporated as the Municipality of Canterbury in 1879, the council became known as the City of Canterbury in 1993.
The last Mayor of the City of Canterbury Council was Cr. Brian Robson, a member of the Labor Party, until 12 May 2016 when the City was amalgamated with the City of Bankstown, forming Canterbury-Bankstown Council.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs in the former City of Canterbury were:
- Ashbury (with a minor portion within the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Belfield (with parts within the Municipality of Strathfield)
- Beverly Hills (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Clemton Park
- Croydon Park (with parts within Burwood Council and the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Hurlstone Park (with a minor portion with the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Kingsgrove (with parts within the City of Hurstville & City of Rockdale)
- Narwee (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Punchbowl (with parts within the City of Bankstown)
- Riverwood (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Wiley Park
Localities in the former City of Canterbury were:
- McCallums Hill
At the 2011 Census, there were 137,454 people in the Canterbury local government area, with an equal proportion of male and female residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Canterbury was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.9% were married and 10.8% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Canterbury between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.02%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.76%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Canterbury local government area was approximately half the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Canterbury is significantly lower than the national average.
|Selected historical census data for Canterbury local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||129,935||129,963||137,454|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||1.99%|
|% of Australian population||0.69%||0.65%||0.64%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$366||A$430|
|% of Australian median income||78.5%||74.5%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$839||A$1,149|
|% of Australian median income||81.7%||77.6%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,007||A$1,029|
|% of Australian median income||86.0%||83.4%|
Final composition and election method
Canterbury City Council was composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor was directly elected since 1976 while the nine other Councillors were elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The final election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, prior to its abolition, was as follows:
The last Council, elected in 2012 until its abolition in 2016, in order of election by ward, was:
|Central Ward||Mark Adler||Labor|
|East Ward||Con Vasiliades||Liberal|
|Linda Eisler||The Greens|
|West Ward||Karl Saleh||Labor||Deputy Mayor|
Indigenous Australians lived in this area for thousand of years. In 1770, the land along the Cooks River was explored by officers from HM Bark Endeavour. In 1793, the area's first land grant was made to the chaplain of the First Fleet, the Reverend Richard Johnson, and given the name Canterbury Vale.
Residential development began picking up in the area during the 1880s and the was extended to Canterbury in 1895, encouraging further suburban development which led to the area becoming heavily populated. A leading developer at this time was Frederick Gibbes, a Member of Parliament for the seat of Newtown.
After much petitioning of the State Government by local residents, the Municipality of Canterbury was proclaimed on 17 March 1879. A Town Hall was opened in 1889 in Canterbury. However, over time, Campsie became a more important centre and the city administration moved there in 1963, with the Canterbury Municipal Administration Building being opened on Beamish Street by Mayor J. S. Scott on 21 September 1963.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Canterbury merge with the City of Bankstown to form a new council with an area of 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 351,000. Following an independent review, on 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced that the merger with the City of Bankstown would proceed with immediate effect, creating a new council with an area of 72 square kilometres (28 sq mi).
|Asa North||Labor||19 December 1927 – 10 December 1928|
|George Harold Bramston||Citizens' Party||10 December 1928 – 8 January 1932|||
|Stanley Parry||8 January 1932 – August 1947|||
|Harold McPherson||7 August 1947 – 1949|||
|Colin Williams||1949 – 1950|
|Samuel Warren||1950 – 1951|
|Herbert Reuben Thorncraft||1951 – 1953|
|George Herbert Mulder||Labor||1953 - 1957|
|S. C. Squire||1957 - 1958|
|R. J. Schofield||1958 - 1959|
|S. C. Squire||1959 - 1960|
|R. J. Schofield||1960 - 1962|
|Ron Pate||1962 - 1963|
|J. S. Scott||1963 - 1966|
|Alfred Pate||1966 - 1967|
|Allan Mulder||Labor||1967 - 1968|
|James William Eccles||1968 - 1970|
|James Beaman||1970 – 1971|
|Colin Gordon Williams||1971 – 1977|
|John Mountford||Labor||1977 – October 1980|
|Kevin Moss||Labor||October 1980 – 1987|
|John Gorrie||Labor||1987 – September 1995|
|Kayee Griffin||Labor||September 1995 – January 2004|
|Robert Furolo||Labor||January 2004 – 21 October 2011|
|Brian Robson||Labor||1 November 2011 – 12 May 2016|
- Eunpyong-gu, Seoul, South Korea. A special friendship garden in Loft Gardens at Campsie commemorates the relationship since 1988.
- Patras, Greece.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Canterbury (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
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- "Canterbury City Council - East Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Canterbury City Council - West Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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