North Strathfield, New South Wales
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Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||4,767 (2016 census)|
|Location||15 km (9 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Canada Bay|
North Strathfield is a suburb in the inner-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Strathfield is located 15 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay. Strathfield and Strathfield South are separate suburbs, to the south.
The area became part of the Municipality of Concord when the latter was established in 1883. The name "North Strathfield" came from the station, built in 1918. Although the station was in the western part of Concord, there was already a station further north called "Concord West", so the station took its name from neighbouring Strathfield to the south. Strathfield was the name of one of the large homes in the present-day suburb of Strathfield, which in turn was originally named "Stratfield Saye", after the estate of the Duke of Wellington in England.
A major landmark in the area is Ardill House (or Our Children's Home) in Davidson Avenue, which was built by in 1861 John Bibb for Henry David Bray. It was enlarged circa 1880 and is now on the Register of the National Estate.
Because it was bisected by the Main North railway line, with easy access to the major arterial road Parramatta Road as well as to Parramatta River, the area became largely industrial in the early 20th century. Arnott's Biscuits moved its factory to Homebush in 1908. Centred on George Street with direct access to the railway, the factory expanded over time and eventually covered a large portion of the present-day suburb of North Strathfield. The railway bridge immediately south of the Arnott's Factory site is a well known landmark and has carried an advertisement for Arnott's since the 1930s, and is state heritage listed.
With industry moving out in the late 20th century, the area has been gentrified and became largely residential. The suburb name of "North Strathfield" was gazetted in 1993, giving the area its own identity as a separate suburb. The Arnott's factory moved out in 1997, with the former factory site redeveloped into the "Bakehouse Quarter" retail and restaurant complex. More recently, many high density residential developments have replaced former industrial sites.
In the 2016 Census, there were 4,767 people in North Strathfield. 41.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 11.6%, South Korea 7.7% and India 6.2%. The most common ancestries reported were Chinese 18.3%, English 11.6%, Australian 10.3%, Korean 7.8% and Indian 6.5%. 40.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 11.7%, Korean 8.9%, Cantonese 5.7%, Italian 3.5% and Hindi 2.4%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 28.9% and Catholic 26.7%.
North Strathfield has residential, commercial and industrial developments. A small group of restaurants and cafes is located opposite the North Strathfield railway station. More commercial developments can be found on nearby Concord Road in the "North Strathfield Shopping Village".
The site of the former Arnott's Biscuits factory in George Street has been redeveloped as the 'Bakehouse Quarter' and feature office space, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shops. Aldi, Fitness First and Outback Steakhouse are major tenants here. The head office and main call centre of NRMA Motoring and Services is also located in the former factory.
Strathfield North Public School is located on Concord Road. The McDonald College is a performing arts school. There is also a new Catholic School (opened 2015) - Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Strathfield (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p. 246
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/23
- Strathfield Heritage - Arnott's Biscuits Homebush
- NSW State Heritage - Homebush (Parramatta Road) Railway Underbridge
- GNB - North Strathfield (Suburb)
- "181 Municipal District of Concord (1883-1906) Municipality of Concord (1906-1993) Concord Council (1993-2000)". State Records Archives Investigator. State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Mayors of Concord". Canada Bay Heritage Society. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Main streets | City of Canada Bay Council". www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
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