Claymore, New South Wales

Coordinates: 34°02′40″S 150°48′35″E / 34.0444°S 150.8096°E / -34.0444; 150.8096
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SydneyNew South Wales
Claymore shopping centre
Claymore is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°02′40″S 150°48′35″E / 34.0444°S 150.8096°E / -34.0444; 150.8096
Population2,579 (SAL 2021)[1]
Location54 km (34 mi) SW of Sydney
LGA(s)City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s)Campbelltown
Federal division(s)Macarthur
Suburbs around Claymore:
Eagle Vale Eagle Vale Woodbine
Blairmount Claymore Woodbine
Blairmount Campbelltown Woodbine

Claymore is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Claymore is located 54 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region. The majority of housing in Claymore is owned by Housing NSW. The streets are named after Australian artists.


The area now known as Claymore was originally home to the Tharawal people. British settlers began moving into the area in the early 19th century, establishing farms and orchards. By the 1970s, the expansion of Sydney was great enough for developers to look at the area around Campbelltown. The Housing Commission of New South Wales undertook a large public housing development in the Claymore area. Originally the suburb was to be called Badgally after a local homestead, but the council backed off over concerns that the "Bad" part of the name could give the area a "bad" name. They chose Claymore after another local property, although that was also contentious since the name had very little history in the area. The first residents moved in during 1978. As Bailey Sarian said in her Murder Mystery Podcast “claymore is a place of hopelessness for young people” [2]


According to the 2016 census, Claymore had a population of 2,644 people.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.9% of the population.
  • 57.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 5.1% and Samoa 4.3%.
  • 56.8% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Samoan at 9.1%.
  • The median age is 23, compared to the national median of 38, with 33.2% of the population aged 14 or under.
  • The median household income is $698 per week, less than half of the national average median of $1,486.
  • 94.4% of houses were rented, compared to the national average of 30.9%. There are no houses that were owned outright or with a mortgage.[3]


In September 2012, an episode of the ABC program Four Corners entitled "Growing up poor" examined the lives of children in poor families in Claymore.[4] It stated that the suburb had the youngest population in Australia. A report "Down and under" in the Al Jazeera 101 East series in February 2013 also pointed to the links between poverty and hopelessness, family tensions and violence and lack of opportunities for Claymore's children, where more than half the families have only one parent.[5]

In the 2015 Dropping Off The Edge report, Claymore was listed as one of the most socially disadvantaged areas in New South Wales.[6]


Claymore has a WorkVentures Connect Centre and the Kalon House of Welcome is managed by the Catholic church.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Claymore (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "History of Claymore". Campbelltown City Council. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Claymore (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  4. ^ Growing up poor in modern Australia
  5. ^ Down and under
  6. ^ Taylor, Josie; Branley, Alison. "Dropping Off The Edge: Select suburbs stuck in cycle of disadvantage with little being done to help, report shows". Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 25 July 2015.