Matraville, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°57′41″S 151°13′53″E / 33.96139°S 151.23139°E / -33.96139; 151.23139
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SydneyNew South Wales
Matraville town centre
Population9,925 (2021 census)[1]
Elevation25 m (82 ft)
Location9 km (6 mi) south-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Randwick
State electorate(s)Maroubra
Federal division(s)Kingsford Smith
Suburbs around Matraville:
Hillsdale Eastgardens Maroubra
Banksmeadow Matraville Malabar
Port Botany Phillip Bay Chifley

Matraville is located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is approximately 9 km (6 mi) by road south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Randwick.[2]


Matraville is named in honour of James Matra (1746–1806), an American sailor and diplomat, who was a midshipman on the voyage by Captain James Cook to Botany Bay in 1770.[3] Matra was born in New York, but later settled in England. Matra had walked over the area with Cook and his close friend, botanist Joseph Banks. Matra had proposed to the British government that it establish a colony at Botany Bay in 1783, and settle dispossessed American Loyalists who had to leave the United States after the American War of Independence. Matra offered to be its 'Conductor and Governor'. The Pitt administration concurred with Matra's proposal but declined to offer him the government of the intended colony. Instead he was given the post of Consul at Tangier, where he remained until his death in 1806.[4]

Sandstone wall at the site of the soldiers' settlement


Copy of the Eternity sign Arthur Stace used to write around Sydney

Landmarks include Heffron Park, a large reserve bordering Maroubra, formerly the site of a naval stores base in World War II. Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park sits along the southern border of the suburb and incorporates Botany Cemetery, Eastern Suburbs Crematorium and Pioneer Park.[5] Arthur Stace, known in Sydney as Mr Eternity, is buried at Botany Cemetery. He was famous for his practice of writing the word Eternity all over Sydney during the fifties and sixties.


Matraville is home to St Agnes Catholic Church and Matraville Baptist Church.[6] Matraville also has a large Jehovah's Witness congregation with a Kingdom Hall.[7]


There are three primary schools, one public and one Catholic and Matraville Sports High School and Matraville Public School.[8] A child care centre and preschool is also in the suburb. Matraville Soldiers Settlement School previously had a separate Infants and Primary School which are now combined into one larger school following the acquisition of park land at Finucane Crescent.


Matraville is located 9 km (6 mi) from Sydney CBD and 3 km (2 mi) along Bunnerong Road from Kingsford town centre. Sydney Bus routes operate to City – Central Railway station, Martin Place and Circular Quay via Bunnerong Road, Anzac Parade (UNSW), and Oxford Street.

Bunnerong Road, Matraville


According to the 2021 census, the population of Matraville was 9,925: 48.2% male and 51.8% female. The median age of the Matraville population was 42 years of age, 2 years above the Australian median. In Matraville, 51.1% of households were made up of couples with children, compared with 37.9% in Randwick City. In Matraville, of all households, 73.8% were family households and 22.8% were single person households. 81.3% of households had at least one person access the internet from the dwelling.[1]

In Matraville, 60% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 3.5%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 2.5%, New Zealand 2.0%, Indonesia 1.8% and Ireland 1.6%. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.3% of Matraville's population.

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  1. ^ a b "2021 Matraville, Census All persons QuickStats | Australian Bureau of Statistics".
  2. ^ "Matraville (Australia) map". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Sydney Travellers' Guide: How Sydney's Suburbs Got Their Names". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ Frost, Alan; Matra, James Mario (1995). The precarious life of James Mario Matra : voyager with Cook, American loyalist, servant of Empire. Miegunyah Press. ISBN 978-0-522-84667-6.
  5. ^ "Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park".
  6. ^ "Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney – Home". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Matraville Kingdom Hall in Matraville, NSW – White Pages®". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  8. ^ "StAgnes, Saint Agnes, Catholic, Parish, Primary, school, Matraville, Bunnerong Road | St Agnes' Primary School". Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  9. ^ Pandaram, Jamie (31 May 2013). "Canberra Raiders winger signs big-money deal with French rugby club Pau". Herald Sun. Melbourne.
  10. ^ Warner, David (3 January 2014). "David Warner reflects on a tough childhood and how it moulded him into the champion he is". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney.
  11. ^ Hutton, Dan (3 November 2012). "Mike Whitney – The Boy From The SouthEast". The Beast. Sydney.

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