Sydenham, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°55′4″S 151°10′4″E / 33.91778°S 151.16778°E / -33.91778; 151.16778
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SydneyNew South Wales
R class tram no 1923 at Sydenham railway station, 20 November 1954. Trams in Sydney services
Sydenham is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°55′4″S 151°10′4″E / 33.91778°S 151.16778°E / -33.91778; 151.16778
Population1,100 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation9 m (30 ft)
Location8 km (5 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Inner West Council
State electorate(s)Heffron
Federal division(s)Grayndler
Suburbs around Sydenham:
Marrickville Marrickville St Peters
Marrickville Sydenham St Peters
Tempe Tempe St Peters
Sydenham Green
Sydenham Green

Sydenham is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Sydenham is located 8 kilometres south of Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of Inner West Council. Sydenham is surrounded by the suburbs of Marrickville, St Peters and Tempe.


Former St Peters Town Hall on Unwins Bridge Road in Sydenham

Sydenham developed after the Illawarra railway line came through the area to Hurstville in the late 1800s. It was named after Sydenham, a suburb of London, for their similarities in their close proximity to the city and a railway junction. The station was originally known as Marrickville when it opened on 15 October 1884. It was changed to Sydenham on 19 March 1895 when a new line was being built to Bankstown and the first station was to be called Marrickville. The post office opened in April 1899 as Tempe Park and was only renamed Sydenham in 1964.[3]

Marrickville Council proposed the Sydenham Creative Hub—a commercial area of bars, cafes and galleries—near Sydenham Station sometime after 2011. On 12 December 2017, the Inner West Council voted to shrink the proposed precinct to an area immediately adjacent to the Station only.[4]

Sydenham has a number of heritage-listed sites, including Sydenham railway station.[5]


In the 2016 Census, there were 1,145 people in Sydenham. 51.9% of people were born in Australia and 51.0% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion, 35.6%, Catholic 20.1%, Buddhism 11.9%, Not stated 9.3% and Eastern Orthodox 6.7%.[6]


Sydenham railway station is a junction for three lines on the Sydney Trains network: the Illawarra, Airport & South and Bankstown lines, and contains a Sydney Metro line under construction as of 2023.

Former tram/light rail service[edit]

A cross country line connected the Cooks River Line and the Dulwich Hill line via Sydenham, operating along Railway Road and Sydenham Road in Sydenham.


Sydenham is a small suburb extending southeast from the railway station to the Princes Highway. It has a mixture of residential and industrial developments. A small group of shops is located around the intersection of Unwins Bridge Road and Railway Road, close to Sydenham railway station. In the adjacent suburb of Marrickville, commercial developments are also located along Sydenham and Marrickville Roads close to the border with Sydenham. Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre is also very close to Sydenham.

Sydenham Green[edit]

Sydenham is directly under the flight path of Sydney Airport. To deal with noise complaints from residential properties between Unwins Bridge Road and the Princes Highway, the government compulsory acquired these properties and converted them into a recreational park.[7] The park occupies a large portion of the small suburb. Sydenham Green is located on either side of Railway Road, named after the park of the same name in Sydenham, London. Two heritage buildings along Railway Road were retained, a sandstone terrace house and St Marys Church (which was later controversially demolished after a suspicious fire.[8]) In the park, a series of oversized 'living room' sculptures – lamp, chairs and fireplace pays homage to the residential houses that formerly occupied the site.

Schools and Churches[edit]

Schools close to Sydenham are St Pius Catholic School , Enmore Road - Near Marrickville Metro, Tempe High School (Sydney) and Tempe Public School. St Mary's Church was the first Coptic Church outside of Egypt, but was demolished in 2017.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Sydenham (NSW) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Archived 26 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 251
  4. ^ "Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal". 28 February 2018. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Sydenham Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01254. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sydenham (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Sydenham Green, Sydenham Sydney's Inner West
  8. ^ a b "End to fight as church razed". Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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