Croydon Park, New South Wales

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Croydon Park
SydneyNew South Wales
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Croydon Park Hotel
Croydon Park is located in New South Wales
Croydon Park
Croydon Park
Coordinates33°53′48″S 151°6′34″E / 33.89667°S 151.10944°E / -33.89667; 151.10944Coordinates: 33°53′48″S 151°6′34″E / 33.89667°S 151.10944°E / -33.89667; 151.10944
Population11,012 (2016 census)[1]
Established1914
Postcode(s)2133
Location10 km (6 mi) SW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)Strathfield
Federal Division(s)Watson
Suburbs around Croydon Park:
Enfield Burwood Heights Croydon
South Strathfield Croydon Park Ashfield
Belfield Campsie Ashbury
NASA image of Sydney's CBD and inner west suburbs, with borders of Croydon Park shown in orange
But-Har-Gra, Georges River Road, part of Moore Theological College

Croydon Park is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Croydon Park is 10 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is divided between the local government areas of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council, Burwood Council and Inner West Council. Croydon is a separate suburb, to the north.

Croydon Park has a thriving commercial area along Georges River Road and is close to larger shopping areas in Burwood, Ashfield and Campsie. Croydon Park is a small residential suburb with many stores, particularly family owned such as Saba Hair Design, La Bocca Deli Cafe, Shisha Bar and Grill, Pure Gelato, Maranello's Veloce Italian Pizzeria, Renee's Pizzeria, Abla's pastry, ANAR Lebanese Charcoal Chicken, Little Thailand, Domino's, McDonald's, Subway, TAB, IGA, Croydon Park Chinese Restaurant, Croydon Park Petroleum, Croydon Park Hotel, OzAboriginal Gallery

History[edit]

Croydon Park was originally part of the territory of the Darug tribe which occupied much of Sydney. More specifically, it was probably home to the Wangal clan (based around Concord) but may also have been home to the Cadigal (Sydney) or Bideagal (Botany Bay) clans. There were middens along the Cooks River where the indigenous people camped. These were destroyed by early British settlers to make lime for mortar in buildings.[2]

In 1878 and 1880, following the building of a railway station at Croydon to the north, two large subdivisions of land were undertaken using the name Croydon Park. These constituted the entire area of the current suburb. A piece of flood-prone land at the junction of Croydon Avenue and the Cooks River was reserved as a public park. Given the name Croydon Park, it was the first reserve in the City of Canterbury. Early settlers included many people involved in the building trade and Chinese market gardeners.[3]

A primary school was established in 1886 to cater for the increasing number of children in the area. Mains water was connected in 1889 and sewerage in the 1910s. The Parents and Citizens Association at the public school believed that residents were rather left out of regular postal deliveries and a petition was prepared for their member of parliament asking for a Croydon Park post office to be opened in the area. They were successful in 1914 and the surrounding neighbourhood became a separate suburb.[4]

Circa 1890, the mansion But-har-gra was built on Georges River Road, probably by a local notable. A substantial two-storey house of brick, it combines Italianate and Federation elements. It is currently used as residential accommodation for students of Moore Theological College and is heritage-listed.[5]

Transport[edit]

There is no railway station at Croydon Park, but it is well serviced by buses to neighbouring stations at Ashfield, Campsie and Burwood.

The 413 is the most significant service connecting to both the city and Campsie. The 400 is also a major orbital bus route travelling from Burwood to Bondi Junction via Croydon Park, Campsie, Rockdale, Sydney Airport and Eastgardens. Other services include:

  • 464 Ashfield to Mortlake via Croydon Park and Burwood
  • 466 Ashfield to Cabarita via Croydon Park and Burwood
  • 490 Drummoyne to Hurstville via Burwood, Croydon Park and Campsie
  • 492 Drummoyne to Rockdale via Burwood, Croydon Park and Campsie
  • M41 Hurstville to Macquarie Park via Croydon Park and Burwood

There is also a cycleway along the Cooks River connecting Olympic Park at Homebush with Botany Bay.

St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Primary School (with the church tower on the left).

Schools[edit]

There are two primary schools in Croydon Park: Croydon Park Public School and St Francis Xavier's Catholic School.

Parks[edit]

Croydon Park, commonly mistaken for Croydon, boasts numerous parks and parklands, particularly close to the Cooks River. Picken Oval is home to the Western Suburbs Magpies Australian Rules team and is currently under redevelopment. Lees Park is a homeground of Canterbury Junior Soccer Association. Other parks and reserves include Flockhart Park, Rosedale Reserve and Croydon Park.

Population[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2016 census, Croydon Park had a population of 11,012. In Croydon Park, 56.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were China 6.5%, Italy 4.7%, Lebanon 2.9%, India 1.7% and Korea, Republic of (South) 1.7%. 53.5% of residents spoke a language other than English at home, with the top languages being Italian 8.5%, Arabic 6.6%, Mandarin 6.2%, Cantonese 4.4% and Greek 3.5%. The most common responses for religion in Croydon Park in the 2016 Census were Catholic 39.8%, No Religion 20.2%, Not stated 7.5%, Eastern Orthodox 7.0% and Anglican 6.7%.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Croydon Park is divided between three local government areas and as a result is frequently divided between different state and federal electorates as well. Since the 2010 federal election, it has been wholly within the division of Watson,[6] represented by Tony Burke. The whole suburb is currently within the state electoral district of Strathfield, represented by Jodi McKay since 2015.

Voting in Croydon Park since 2000
Elections Fed01[7] NSW03[8] Fed04[9] NSW07[10] Fed07[11] Fed10[12] NSW11[13] Fed13[14] NSW15[15]
Two Party Preferred Results
  Labor 56% nr 56% 68% 61% 55% 43% 50% nr
  Liberal 44% nr 44% 32% 39% 45% 57% 50% nr
First Preference Results
  Labor 48% 53% 44% 55% 53% 44% 34% 40% 41%
  Liberal 40% 30% 40% 28% 35% 41% 48% 46% 38%
  Greens 4% 9% 10% 8% 8% 12% 10% 8% 9%
  Christian Democrats nc nc 1% 4% 4% nc 2% 2% 4%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Croydon Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Aborigines in Canterbury - City of Canterbury Archived 24 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ History of Croydon Park - City of Canterbury Archived 1 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.76
  5. ^ State Heritage Register
  6. ^ "Division of Watson". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. ^ AEC redirection page - Australian Electoral Commission
  8. ^ http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/state_government_elections/election_results/district_index/canterbury/results/2003
  9. ^ Polling Place Results
  10. ^ http://vtr.elections.nsw.gov.au/lafirstcandidatespost.canterbury.aspx
  11. ^ "Polling Place Croydon Park". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Polling Place Croydon Park". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Polling Place Croydon Park". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Polling Place Croydon Park". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Polling Place Croydon Park". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.