Strathfield South, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||3,546 (2016 census)|
|Location||13 km (8 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
Strathfield South is a suburb, in the Inner West of Sydney, Australia in the state of New South Wales, 13 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the Strathfield local government area. The area was historically part of Druitt Town. Later it was part of Enfield, until Enfield Council was absorbed into Strathfield and Burwood councils, after which the part within Strathfield council was renamed Strathfield South.
North Strathfield and Strathfield are separate suburbs, to the north. Strathfield South is located between Liverpool Road (Hume Highway) and the Cooks River, bordered on the east by Coronation Parade and to the west by the Enfield Marshalling Yards.
Most of Strathfield South is located on two early land grants – the 1808 grant to James Wilshire (later known as the Redmire Estate) and the 1837 grant to Father John Joseph Therry, which became the Village of St Anne's.
Wilshhire's grant was subdivided in 1867 and marketed as the 'Redmire Estate'. Roads in Strathfield South such as Dean Street and Water Street were established in this subdivision. A few early Victorian and Federation style homes survive from this early period of development.
Father John Joseph Therry was granted 19 hectares (47 acres) in March 1837. To finance the building of the original St. Anne's Church (foundation stone laid July 1841) Father Therry offered 1.6-hectare (4-acre) blocks for £25, but insufficient money being available, a further 134 allotments were offered for sale in 1854 and the streets of the subdivision named after Saints or dignitaries of the Church. St Anne's Church is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
The area around St Anne's Village and to the west of Cooks River was locally known as Bark Huts. Bark Huts was a hotel on Liverpool Road, halfway between Sydney and Liverpool, and a small settlement was established around the hotel.
The Village of St Anne's and the southern part of the Redmire Estate became known as Druitt Town. This name was given to the area by Joshua Judge Josephson, who owned large areas of land in the area, in honour of his friend Major George Druitt. Druitt Town Public School opened in 1881. In 1885, the part of Druitt Town north of Liverpool Road (including the school) became part of the newly incorporated Strathfield Council, after which addressed in that part of Druitt Town became listed under "Strathfield" in directories. This area is now the southern part of the suburb of Strathfield. Druitt Town public school was renamed Strathfield South Public School.
The remaining part of Druitt Town became part of Enfield Municipal Council in 1889, shortly after which "Druitt Town" ceased to be used: addresses in the suburb instead became listed under the suburb of Enfield. The Druitt Town post office was moved to Enfield. The area was reincorporated into Strathfield Municipality in 1949, after which Strathfield Council renamed the part of former Enfield Municipality between Liverpool Road and the Cooks River as "Strathfield South". Former Enfield Town Hall and the associated war memorial are now located in Strathfield South. Coronation Reserve forms the border between Strathfield South and the suburb of Enfield, and was formerly the site of a tram line that led north to Burwood and Abbotsford and south to Croydon Park and then to Ashfield.
A proposal is currently before the Geographical Names Board, to separate the northern part of the suburb of Belfield which is within the Municipality of Strathfield (north of Punchbowl Road) from the southern part within the City of Canterbury-Bankstown. Under this proposal, northern Belfield would become part of Strathfield South, from which it is currently separated by the Cooks River.
South Strathfield has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- St Anne's Square: St Anne's Roman Catholic Church, South Strathfield
In the 2016 Census, there were 3,546 people in Strathfield South. 50.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 6.8%, India 5.2%, Sri Lanka 5.2% and South Korea 3.7%. 40.6% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Cantonese 6.8%, Mandarin 6.0%, Arabic 5.9%, Tamil 5.4% and Korean 4.7%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 32.2%, No Religion 18.2% and Hinduism 10.6%.
Commercial area, schools, churches and parklands
South is primarily low-rise residential with a small group of shops located around the intersection of Liverpool Road and Homebush Road. The first high-rise development has now been built on the Hume Highway. The part of the suburb west and south of the Cooks River is entirely industrial, and includes the large Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre. The industrial part of the suburb is separated from the residential suburb by the Cooks River and parklands.
The Catholic parish of St Anne's is located in St Anne's Square. Strathfield South Uniting Church is in Liverpool Road.
St Anne's Catholic Primary School is located in Strathfield South. The suburb is also serviced by two other schools located outside the suburb: Strathfield South Public School and Strathfield South High School. Strathfield South Public School is the public primary (grades K-6) school which services Strathfield South as well as the southern part of the suburb of Strathfield. With over 125 years of history, the motto of Strathfield South Public School is Think of Others. Strathfield South High School is the public secondary (grades 7-12) school, whose catchment includes Strathfield South, the southern part of Strathfield, as well as the northern part of Greenacre and Belfield. Neither school is in Strathfield South itself: both are situated on the southern edge of the suburb of Strathfield.
Leigh College was from 1915 until 1974 a Methodist Theological College located at 416-420 Liverpool Road. It was the successor to the Wesleyan Theological Institution. The site is now used by the Australian International Academy, an Islamic school.
The area is well serviced by parks such as Ford Park, Dean Reserve and St Anne's Reserve, which runs along the Cooks River. The Bay to Bay Cycle/Walking Path, which runs between Botany Bay and Homebush Bay (Sydney Olympic Park) runs through Strathfield South, along the Cooks River.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Strathfield South (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Strathfield South Postcode, NSW - Australia Post". Australia Post. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "History of Strathfield Local Government Area". Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
- "St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (former)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H00508. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "St Annes Catholic Church (former), St Annes Sq, South Strathfield, NSW, Australia (Place ID 13679)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- "Sands Sydney Directory Druitt Town Directory entries 1887-1891" (PDF). Sands Sydney Directory. Strathfield District Historical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2006.
- Geographical Names Board - Media Release - Belfield, 4 August 2021
- Former Leigh College Archived 29 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 15 April 2017.