Sydenham, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Sydney R class no 1923 at Sydenham, 20 November 1954..jpg
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′5″S 151°9′48″E / 33.91806°S 151.16333°E / -33.91806; 151.16333Coordinates: 33°55′5″S 151°9′48″E / 33.91806°S 151.16333°E / -33.91806; 151.16333
Population1,145 (2016 census)[1]
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
St Marys church in Railway Road

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.


Sydenham developed after the Illawarra line came through the area to Hurstville in the late 1800s. It was named after Sydenham, a suburb of London, similar for its 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]

Heritage listings[edit]

Sydenham has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


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%.[1]


Sydenham railway station is a junction for three lines on the Sydney Trains network: the Illawarra, Airport & South and Bankstown lines.

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.

Commercial area[edit]

Sydenham 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. Commercial developments are also located along Sydenham and Marrickville Roads heading towards Marrickville. Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre is also very close to Sydenham.

Sydenham Green[edit]

The suburb suffers from aircraft noise because it is directly under the flight path of Sydney Airport. To alleviate resident noise complaints, many of the residential properties between Unwins Bridge Road and the Princes Highway were bought by the government [6] and converted into a recreational park, which was named Sydenham Green after the park in London. Two heritage buildings remain standing along Railway Road: St Marys Church (which has since been controversially demolished after a suspicious fire[7]) and a sandstone terrace. A series of oversized 'living room' sculptures - lamp, chairs and fireplace pays homage to the residential houses that formerly occupied the site.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sydenham (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 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. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Sydenham Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01254. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "End to fight as church razed". Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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