Homebush West

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Homebush West
SydneyNew South Wales
Homebush West Church.JPG
St Dominics Catholic Church
Population 5,781 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2140
Location 16 km (10 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Municipality of Strathfield
State electorate(s) Strathfield
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Homebush West:
Lidcombe Flemington Homebush Bay
Lidcombe Homebush West Homebush
Rookwood Strathfield Homebush
The Crescent, Homebush West

Homebush West is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Homebush West is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Homebush and Homebush Bay are separate suburbs to the east and north-east.


This area was originally known Liberty Plains but was called Flemington by John Fleming, who was granted 200 acres (0.81 km2) here in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. In the early 1970s, the Sydney Markets were built at Flemington to relieve the Paddy's Markets at Haymarket, in the city. Since the establishment of Sydney Markets at Flemington in 1975, the residential part of the suburb, south of the railway line became known as Homebush West.[3]

Homebush was established in the 1800s by the colony's then assistant surgeon D'arcy Wentworth. According to local government historian Michael Jones, "Wentworth is popularly credited with having called the area after his 'home in the bush', although Homebush is also a place in Kent." [4]


Homebush West is serviced by Flemington railway station, on the Airport, Inner West & South Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Commercial area[edit]

Homebush West has a small group of shops located in The Crescent, beside Flemington railway station and is also the location of the DFO Homebush factory outlet shopping centre.

Homebush West is home to a variety of Asian restaurants and business reflecting its ethnic demographics. Chinese, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan, Indian, Malaysian and Nepalese restaurants, businesses and food stores are found across the suburb.[5][6]


The local school is Homebush West Public School servicing K-6. St Dominics Primary School closed in 2006.


There are four churches in Homebush West: St Dominics Catholic Church, St Columba Anglican Church(closed in 1999, now used by the Inner West Baptist Church), Intercession of the Holy Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Homebush Baptist Church.


At the 2011 census, there were 5,781 residents in Homebush West. About one quarter of residents were born in Australia, with the top other countries of birth being China 18.1%, India 14.7%, Republic of South Korea 5.5%, Sri Lanka 4.2%, Vietnam 3.0% and Nepal 2.5%. In total, 58.4% of Homebush West residents were born in Asia, making it Sydney's second largest suburb with an Asia-born resident population after Haymarket.[7] Most people spoke a language other than English at home. Languages spoken at home included Mandarin 15.9%, Cantonese 11.2%, Tamil 7.0%, Korean 6.4% and Hindi 4.7%.[1] Most residents did not profess a religion 22.8%, the most practiced religions were Hinduism 20.2%, Catholicism 14.5% and Buddhism 10.3%.[8]


The following were either born or have lived at some time in the suburb of Homebush West:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Homebush West (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 May 2013.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Archived 26 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 124
  4. ^ Jones, Michael (1985). Oasis in the West: Strathfield's first hundred years. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin Australia. ISBN 0-86861-407-6, pg 15
  5. ^ Unsung food suburbs: Homebush West, Sydney
  6. ^ Flemington Shops
  7. ^ http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/851878/Chinatown_symposium_9March2015.pdf
  8. ^ Homebush West Demographics (NSW) Local Stats
  9. ^ Jack Pollard Syd (1994). "Palmer, George Thomas Bryan (1899 - 1990)". Australian Rugby - The Game and the Players. p. 456. 

Coordinates: 33°52′05″S 151°04′15″E / 33.86801°S 151.07088°E / -33.86801; 151.07088