Hurlstone Park, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Crinan Street, Hurlstone Park
|Population||4,692 (2016 census)|
|Location||9 km (6 mi) inner-west of Sydney CBD|
Hurlstone Park is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Hurlstone Park is located nine kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is mostly in the local government area of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council, and partly in the Inner West Council. The suburb is bounded by: the Cooks River to the south, Garnet Street to the east, New Canterbury Road to the north, Canterbury Road to the north-west, and Church Street to the west.
Hurlstone Park was first known as 'Wattle Hill' and then 'Fernhill'. After the Postmaster-General's Department refused to open a post office called Fernhill, a 1910 referendum chose the name 'Hurlstone', after the nearby Hurlstone College. John Kinloch founded the college in 1878, on the site of present-day Trinity Grammar School and named it after his mother's maiden name, which was Helen Hurlstone. The college moved to a new site, now known as Hurlstone Agricultural High School. The 'Park' was added at the request of the Railways Department, to avoid confusion with the New South Wales town of Hillston.
Transit Systems operate the following bus services in Hurlstone Park: 444; 445 (to Balmain East ferry wharf via Dulwich Hill, Petersham Lilyfield, Leichhardt and Rozelle), 428 (to the city via Canterbury, Dulwich Hill, Petersham, Marrickville and Newtown) and L28 routes which run along the Canterbury Road and New Canterbury Road boundary, and the 418 (to Burwood via Ashfield, and to Bondi Junction via Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Sydenham, St Peters, Alexandria, Mascot, Rosebery, Eastlakes, Kingsford, Randwick and Queens Park), and 406 (to Five Dock via Ashfield) routes which pass through the suburb (along Crinan Street with a bus stop directly outside the railway station).
There are a group of shops around Hurlstone Park Station: along Crinan Street, the southern end of Duntroon Street and Floss Street. There are also commercial areas along Canterbury Road and New Canterbury Road. There is an active, local Chamber of Commerce: Canterbury-Hurlstone Park Chamber of Commerce.
The rest of the commercially used land in Hurlstone Park is made up of various shops, ranging from fast food outlets and milk bars to a couple of petrol stations. Hurlstone Park also has three childcare centres. Specific to Hurlstone Park village are the following businesses: two cafés, a seven-day supermarket, newsagent, gourmet butcher, lawyer, dry cleaner, laundry service, post office, doctor's surgery, dentist, shoe repair, bakery, real estate agent, naturopath, seven day bottle shop, convenience store, three hairdressers, an Asian grocery store and two ATMs (one Commonwealth Bank and one Citibank). The locals and shop-owners in Hurlstone Park are well-acquainted. The local shoemaker still crafts bespoke shoes, and sells local honey.
Pubs and clubs
Hurlstone Park contains the following clubs and pubs:
- The Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL club, located on the corner of Canterbury Road and Crinan Street, is an entertainment venue that attracts many Australian and international performers. The club also contains a war memorial chapel.
- The Hurlstone Park Bowling & Recreation Club. Located in Marcia street. This club has been closed down by the council. This building has been demolished, and turned into a green-space.
- The Hurlstone Park Hotel, located on the corner of New Canterbury road and Duntroon street, is also known as "Grumpy's". Now demolished to build Units
- The Sydney Olympic Sporting Club was located at 64 Tennent Parade but was demolished in October 2010.
Hurlstone Park has a high percentage of period homes. It a low-rise residential area full of well-maintained period family homes with large back-yards, wide tree-lined streets, and small parks and playgrounds. Original shop façades dominate the small shopping strip. There are now an increasing number of high-rise units in the suburb mostly along Canterbury and New Canterbury Roads. While most of the suburb is an oasis of heritage, with a village atmosphere valued by the residents it is threatened by changes to zoning and increased high-rise development.
Parks and reserves
Hurlstone Park includes the following parks and reserves:
- Ewen Park. Located along the Cooks river (in the middle of the southern end of the suburb). It is the largest individual park in the suburb and contains two playing fields that are home to the Hurlstone Park Wanderers soccer club. The fields in Ewen park are also used for cricket in summer.
- Warwick Reserve. Located at the intersection of Church and Canberra streets in the south-west corner of the suburb.
- Euston Reserve. Located at the intersection of Euston and Floss streets, the reserve contains a war memorial.
- Sawyer Reserve. Located at the intersection of Dunstaffenage street and Foord avenue.
- Hurlstone Memorial Reserve. A small reserve located next to the Hurlstone Park Bowling Club (along Crinan street).
- Burnett Street Reserve. The reserve splits Burnett street into two sections.
- Dick Poole Reserve. A small reserve that joins the end of Barre street with the point where Wallace avenue and Wallace lane meet.
- Moser Reserve. A small reserve on the south side of the railway line in Keir Avenue.
- Fernhill Street Reserve. A small reserve near the northern end of Fernhill street (with lane access to Barton avenue).
- Dunkeld Reserve. A small reserve near the western edge of the suburb (in Dunkeld avenue).
- A small reserve at the intersection of Garnet street and Tennent parade (in the south-east corner of the suburb). Located next to the 14th hole of Marrickville golf course, the unnamed reserve contains a cricket practice net and a practice goal post (for soccer and rugby).
- A small reserve on the corner of Crinan and Melford streets. The unnamed reserve is a small grassed area that was opened to the public following the demolition of a single house.
- A green belt along the entire southern border of the suburb. The belt follows the Cooks River and encompasses Ewen park. The Botany Bay cycle way extends for 23 km (with Hurlstone Park being approximately one third of the way from Botany Bay to Ryde). The western part of the belt contains a constructed rectangular inlet of water named Boat Harbour. The eastern part of the belt constitutes part of the 13th and 14th holes of Marrickville Golf Course. There are three foot bridges that cross the Cooks River to the south of the belt: One bridge crosses from the end of Sugar House Road (off Hutton Street), a second bridge crosses from the end of Foord Avenue, and the third bridge crosses near the intersection of Tennent Parade and Burnett Street.
Churches and religion
The suburb contains the following religious establishments:
- St Stephen Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Located at 650 New Canterbury road.
- Hurlstone Park Uniting Church (Dulwich Hill parish). Located at 8 Melford street, the church provides services in English and Tongan.
- Sydney Revival Fellowship Inc. Located at 83 Dunstaffenage St.
- Siddha Yoga Ashram. Located at 50 Garnet Street.
- Hurlstone Park Vietnamese Baptist Church. Technically, the location of the church (corner of Queen and Griffiths streets) is in the neighbouring suburb of Ashfield (but only by 180 metres).
Only one school is located in Hurlstone Park. The Edgeware School is an alternative Department of Education facility, mainly for year 9 to 12 students who have been unsuccessful in mainstream schools. It is located in Burnett street (just off Tennent parade).
At the 2016 census, there were 4,692 residents in Hurlstone Park. 57.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Greece 4.5%, China 3.1%, Lebanon 2.7%, England 2.4% and Italy 2.3%. 54.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 9.4%, Arabic 5.1%, Mandarin 3.1%, Italian 3.1% and Portuguese 2.9%. 
Of occupied private dwellings in Hurlstone Park, 37.9% were owned outright, 30.0% were owned with a mortgage and 29.5% were rented. Residents of Hurlstone Park value the safety and intimacy of their suburb. Many residents have lived here for decades.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hurlstone Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990
- "Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Memorial Chapel". Register of War Memorials in New South Wales.
- "Hurlstone Park Wanderers". Archived from the original on 15 September 2009.
- "City of Canterbury – Euston Park War Memorial". Canterbury.nsw.gov.au. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- "Euston Memorial". Register of War Memorials in New South Wales.
- "Ryde to Botany Bay cycleway". Canterbury.nsw.gov.au. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- "Siddha Yoga Ashram". Siddhayoga.org.au. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- "home". Edgeware-s.schools.nsw.edu.au. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hurlstone Park, New South Wales.|
- Canterbury City Council – History of Hurlstone Park
- Lesley Muir and Brian Madden (2008). "Hurlstone Park". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 27 September 2015. [CC-By-SA]