Lindfield, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||8,657 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,674.5/km2 (4,337/sq mi)|
|Area||5.17 km2 (2.0 sq mi)|
|Location||13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|State electorate(s)||Davidson, Ku-ring-gai|
Lindfield is an affluent suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 13 kilometres north-west of the Sydney Central Business District and is in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Lindfield is a separate suburb, although they share the postcode of 2070.
This suburb of 5.17 square kilometres contains residential housing of California bungalow and federation style, in double brick and tile construction. Australian native bushland in Garigal National Park and Lane Cove National Park borders the suburb. The suburb is known for its leafy surrounds and relaxed suburban lifestyle.
Europeans first became active in the area in around 1810, when the colonial government set up a timber gathering camp staffed by convicts. By the 1840s, fruit growing and farming became the suburb's primary industries. Settlement began to increase in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The Lindfield railway station opened in 1890, and Lindfield Post Office opened on 5 January 1895. Land values increased in the area around the railway and more professionals moved into the area.
The name "Lindfield" means a clearing in the lime forest, and derives from the name given by an early landowner, Francis List, to a cottage he built in the area in 1884. List likely named his cottage after Lindfield, Sussex, England. When a railway line came through the area in 1890s, the name of the property was used to identify the station and neighbourhood.
During the years after World War II the suburb experienced significant growth.
Double Town Centre
- IGA (reopens late 2017)
- Harris Farm (opens late 2017)
- 2 Chinese Restaurants (Chan's and West Lindfield)
Infrastructure and development
Lindfield railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network and is about 30 minutes by train from the Sydney central business district. The Pacific Highway is the main arterial road through Lindfield. Lindfield has a small commercial area on both sides of Lindfield railway station on the Pacific Highway and Lindfield Avenue. The former Commonwealth Bank is an art deco style building on the Pacific Highway.
Lindfield has five places of worship: St Albans Anglican Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Lindfield Uniting Church (with church buildings on Tryon Road and the Pacific Highway) and the North Shore Synagogue.
The University of Technology, Sydney, Kuringai Campus (formerly William Balmain Teachers College) operated at a campus on Eton Road from 1971 to 2015. It offered courses in business, nursing and midwifery, education and travel. The site will be developed as Lindfield Learning Village public school, to open in 2017.
Lindfield Library is a branch of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Library Network. There are two community halls: East Lindfield Community Hall at Crana Avenue and West Lindfield Community Hall at Moore Avenue. There are two tennis courts at Lindfield Community Centre (behind the library) and a further two courts at Lindfield Park in Tryon Road.
- Age distribution
- The distribution of ages in Lindfield was similar to the country as a whole. Lindfield residents' median age was 40 years, similar to the national median of 37. Children aged under 15 years made up 21.6% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.6% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
- Ethnic diversity
- Over half (60.4%) of Lindfield residents were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.0%, China 4.5%, Hong Kong 3.6%, South Korea 2.4%, and New Zealand 2.0%. More than two-thirds (69.8%) spoke English at home; others spoke mostly Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean.
- The median weekly household income was $2,414, nearly double the national median of $1,234.
- Stand-alone houses accounted for two-thirds (67.6%) of residences, while 27.8% were flats, units or apartments and just 4.4% were semi-detached (mostly townhouses). The average household size was 2.9 people.
- In the 2011 Census, the most common responses for religion in Lindfield were Catholic 23.8%, No Religion 23.3%, Anglican 21.3%, Uniting Church 5.5% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.6%.
Singer Iva Davies from the band Icehouse, lived in Lindfield during the 1970s to early-1980s whilst he was part of the ABC Sinfonia (orchestra) and started the band there. The song "Icehouse" was written about the house Iva lived in at 18 Tyron Road and also a dishevelled old house across the street, which Davies later learned was a half-way house for psychiatric and drug rehab patients.
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