Rosemeadow, New South Wales

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Rosemeadow
SydneyNew South Wales
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Rosemeadow Marketplace
Population 7,400 (2006)
Established 1976
Postcode(s) 2560
Location 56 km (35 mi) south-west of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Wollondilly
Federal Division(s) Macarthur
Suburbs around Rosemeadow:
Glen Alpine Ambarvale Bradbury
Gilead Rosemeadow St Helens Park
Gilead Appin Wedderburn
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Rosemeadow is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Rosemeadow is located 56 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region.

History[edit]

Rosemeadow owes its name to early settler Thomas Rose, who in 1818 bought a farm called Mount Gilead which covered parts of modern-day Rosemeadow and neighbouring Gilead. Rose was a baker and publican as well as a farmer, building a mill on his property and a couple of large dams which helped him and his neighbours survive the drought of 1829.

The area remained farmland until the mid-1970s when Sydney's urban sprawl reached it and the suburb was officially named in 1976.[1] The Rosemeadow public housing estate is an example of the American Radburn design for public housing which turns houses around so they back on to streets with the fronts facing each other. This design has been criticised in Sydney as contributing to social problems and following an incident of street violence in 2009 orders were made to partially demolish the estate.[2] Since the partial demolishing of the suburb, the streets have began to be renamed.

Commercial area[edit]

Rosemeadow Marketplace, on the corner of Copperfield Drive and Fitzgibbon Lane, is a medium-sized shopping centre. The local post office sits within the Marketplace and nearby is a community health centre, fire station, high school and an Anglican church.[3]

Schools[edit]

John Therry Catholic High School is the oldest school in the suburb, having opened in 1981.[4] Next door is its feeder school, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish School. Public schools include Rosemeadow Public, Ambarvale High and Mary Brooksbank Special School.[5]

Transport[edit]

Rosemeadow can be accessed via M5 South Western Motorway and Appin Road. The suburb is serviced by Busways buses, which provide links to Macarthur and Campbelltown railway stations as well as occasional services to Appin and Wollongong.[6]

People[edit]

According to the 2006 census, Rosemeadow had a population of 7,415 people. There were higher than average numbers of families with children (77%) and common occupations included technicians and tradespeople (18%), clerical and administrative (16%), labourers (13%) and machinery operators and drivers (13%). Three quarters of the suburb is detached housing with the remaining semi-detached or townhouses. More than half the homes are being purchased while around a fifth are rented from the Department of Housing.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Rosemeadow". Campbelltown City Council. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. ^ Dylan Welch (2009-01-08). "Demolition ordered for Rosemeadow estate". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  3. ^ UBD Sydney Street Directory, Universal Publishing, 2007
  4. ^ "History of Rosemeadow". Campbelltown City Council. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ UBD Sydney Street Directory, Universal Publishing, 2007
  6. ^ "Bus Routes 886, 887, 888". Busways. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Rosemeadow (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 

Coordinates: 34°06′25″S 150°47′35″E / 34.107°S 150.793°E / -34.107; 150.793