Pagewood, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°56′32″S 151°13′22″E / 33.94222°S 151.22278°E / -33.94222; 151.22278
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SydneyNew South Wales
Club house at Bonnie Doon Golf Course, Banks Avenue
Population3,805 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,087/km2 (2,820/sq mi)
Area3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location8 km (5 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Bayside Council
State electorate(s)Maroubra
Federal division(s)Kingsford Smith
Suburbs around Pagewood:
Kingsford Hillsdale
Botany Pagewood Banksmeadow
Eastlakes Eastgardens Maroubra

Pagewood is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 8 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district. It is part of the Bayside Council.

Pagewood has a mixture of residential and industrial areas.


Pagewood was originally known as "South Daceyville", before being renamed to "Pagewood" in 1929, to honour the late Alderman Fred Page, the Mayor of Botany Council in 1928. The name "Kingsford" was also considered for Pagewood, but it was rejected and later used as the new name for South Kensington.[citation needed]

Development of Pagewood began in 1919 with an estate called Monash Gardens. The northern part of Pagewood was originally designed to be the southern part of the Daceyville garden suburb, and many park and street layouts in Pagewood remain unchanged from the original Daceyville plans.[citation needed] However, unlike Daceyville, which was developed as Australia's first public housing scheme and then used to provide housing after World War I, Pagewood was privately developed.[citation needed] The southern part of Pagewood was originally named Dudley, and Dudley Street remains in southern Pagewood today.

National Studios was opened in 1935 and for nearly thirty years, Australian and British cinema was produced here.[2]

In 1940, the site was bought by General Motors Holden,[3][4] which operated a car manufacturing plant until 1981.[5]

In 1953, the Pagewood Rex Hotel, currently called the Pagewood Hotel (2017), opened.[6]

In 1960, the council considered changing the suburb name to East Botany. Residents battled to retain the name, particularly since Botany was becoming an industrial area, while Pagewood retained its identity as a mainly residential area.[7]

Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre in Wentworth Avenue was built in the northern part of the suburb on the old Pagewood Bus Depot and part of the former site of the General Motors Holden car manufacturing plant (and totally on the old National Film Studios) and opened in 1987. The remainder of the site was sold to W.D. & H.O. Wills.[8] Eastgardens, which covers the area around the shopping centre, was officially declared a separate suburb in 1999.

At the northern tip of Pagewood, Astrolabe Park and Astrolabe Road in Daceyville were named after one of the ships commanded by La Perouse, the French explorer who arrived at Botany Bay just days after the First Fleet in 1788.[9] Most other streets in Daceyville are also named after the First Fleet, such as Cook Avenue, Boussole Road, Endeavour Road, Solander Road, and Banks Avenue.


In the 2016 Census, there were 3,805 people in Pagewood. 61.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 3.2% and England 2.7%. 61.1% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 8.6% and Mandarin 3.6%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 33.3%, No Religion 16.9%, Eastern Orthodox 12.9% and Anglican 10.7%.[1]


Pagewood Public School is located in Page Street[10]

Sport and recreation[edit]

A number of well-known sporting teams represent the local area. One of them is the well known NRL club named the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Botany Rams some other teams are Pagewood Botany Soccer Club, Botany Golf Club, Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Eastlake Golf Club and The Lakes Golf Club.

Notable residents[edit]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pagewood (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 January 2019. Edit this at Wikidata Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ Sippel, Joanne; City of Botany Bay (N.S.W.). Council; Botany Historical Trust; Pagewood Film Studio (N.S.W.) (1996), Freeze Frame : the dramatic story of Pagewood Film Studio, City of Botany Bay Council [and] Botany Historical Trust, ISBN 978-0-9500936-3-5
  3. ^ "1939 sectioned 'Master' Chevrolet sedan body - MAAS Collection".
  4. ^ David Abela (4 March 2012). "Manufacturing heart". Wentworth Courier. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012.
  5. ^ General Motors-Holden's Limited (Pagewood, N.S.W.) (1940), General Motors - Holden's Ltd., Australia, Pagewood Plant - Sydney : 1939-1940, GMH, retrieved 4 November 2012
  6. ^ Roberts M, 22 November 2014. The Rex Hotels. Time Gents: Australian Pub Project. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p. 197 ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  8. ^ Secret Deals Claim on Pagewood Site, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 1982
  9. ^ Dictionary of Sydney
  10. ^ "Dept. Of Education and Training - Schools Hosting". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007. Pagewood Public School

Secret Deals Claim On Pagewood Site, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 1982 33°56′32″S 151°13′22″E / 33.94222°S 151.22278°E / -33.94222; 151.22278