Westmead, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°48′30″S 150°58′55″E / 33.80833°S 150.98194°E / -33.80833; 150.98194
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SydneyNew South Wales
Westmead Hospital
Population16,309 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density5,620/km2 (14,570/sq mi)
Elevation40 m (131 ft)
Area2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Location26 km (16 mi) west of Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Parramatta
Suburbs around Westmead:
Wentworthville Northmead North Parramatta
Wentworthville Westmead Parramatta
Merrylands West Mays Hill Merrylands

Westmead is a suburb in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Westmead is located 26 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Cumberland Council and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.


Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

Westmead is bounded by the Parramatta River, Toongabbie Creek and Finlayson Creek in the north. On the east it is bounded by Parramatta Park, the Parramatta Golf Club, Amos Street and Good Street. The southern boundary is the Great Western Highway. The western boundary is Bridge Road, the railway line and Finlayson Creek.


The traditional custodians of the land in what is today’s Westmead are the Dharug people[2].

Captain Cook claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain in 1770[3]. The first fleet arrived at Sydney Harbour on 26 January 1788 and a colony was declared on 7 February 1788[4]. An exploration party was led by Governor Arthur Phillip in April 1788 travelling along Parramatta River, deciding on Parramatta as the next town[5]. An outpost was established by November 1788 in Parramatta, which later spread to the nearby area of what is known today as Westmead[5].

With the British settlement of Parramatta, Westmead was originally part of the domain of Government House. What is left of this domain, including Government House, form Parramatta Park. The name Westmead came into use when the governor's domain was first subdivided in 1859. The subdivision of the domain was completed in 1889. The Northern Meadow and Western Meadow of the domain were split off and called Northmead and Westmead. From this time orchards were established by many new settlers, including some whose names were well known in the Parramatta area – George Oakes, Nat Payten and William Fullagar among them.

Parramatta Marist School was established by Fr. John Therry in Hunter Street Parramatta in 1820, under the direction of Mr. George Morley. The school was transferred to the site of the present junior school in 1837 and entrusted to the care of the Marist Brothers in 1875. This makes Parramatta Marist the oldest Catholic school in Australia.

Westmead railway platform is clearly shown on this map of the “Parish of St John” County of Cumberland in 1902. All of the area from Wentworthville East towards Parramatta is included on the map as part of this shire.[6] This region includes parts of land in the District of Parramatta, Blacktown & Baulkham Hills Shires and forms the major part of the Cumberland LGA. The Wentworthville East and Darcyville estates are not included in this area, most of these estate parts belonging what is now Parramatta LGA[6].

Heritage listings[edit]

Westmead has a number of heritage-listed sites,[7] including:

  • 2, 4, 6, and 8 Bridge Road: Essington[8]
  • 1 Amos Street: ‘Allengreen’ – Federation Residence
  • 15 Austral Avenue: ‘Ruberay’ – Inter-War Bungalow
  • 17 Austral Avenue: ‘Warungle’ – Inter-War Bungalow
  • 19 Austral Avenue: ‘Chalfont’ – Inter-War Bungalow
  • 2 Drew Street: Late Victorian Cottage
  • 24 Good Street: ‘The Firs’ – Victorian Gothic Residence
  • 43 Hassall Street: Westmead Progress Association Hall


Health is the major employer in the area, with large public hospitals for both adults and children, a mental health hospital, a private hospital and three medical research facilities spanning basic, genetic and molecular science for both adults and children. A community foundation supports fundraising and awareness activities of Westmead.


  • The University of Sydney Westmead campus is home to around 2,000 students who are conducting study, research or clinical placements at Westmead, and close to 1,000 staff members and affiliates.[18]
  • Western Sydney University (WSU).
  • WSU College, Westmead Campus.
  • Westmead Public School[19] was established in 1917, when an Infants' School opened in a rented Church of England hall in April of that year. By 1919 the present site was acquired, and the first purpose-built school building was opened in May 1920. In 1923 the building was extended to provide accommodation for Primary students. Within two years the growing local population created demand for additional accommodation for Primary students. At the present day Westmead Public School is one of the best primary schools in NSW, with high academic, sporting and art achievements. It schools over 900 children and has many professional teachers and staff.
  • The Catherine McAuley Catholic High School[20] is an all Girls school located on the same campus as Parramatta Marist High School[21]
  • Parramatta Marist High School is the oldest Catholic school in Australia, established in 1820.
  • Sacred Heart Primary School
  • Westmead Christian Grammar School (formerly Essington Christian Academy) was established at the site of Essington House in 1983. It provides a Christian Education for students from Kindergarten through to Year 6.[22]


Westmead railway station is on the North Shore & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.

The Western railway line from Parramatta to Blacktown was built through the suburb in 1861. A railway station at Westmead was opened in April 1893 after a successful petition by local residents.

A bus transitway, the North-West T-way, services Westmead from both Parramatta and The Hills District.

Future public transport services include a light rail and a metro. The two-line Parramatta Light Rail project was announced in 2015. Westmead will be the terminus of both lines, which will operate to Carlingford and Sydney Olympic Park.[23][24] In 2018 it was announced that Westmead would be the terminus of the Sydney Metro West line.[25]

On the day of the 2011 census, 39% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 43% by car (either as driver or as passenger).[26]


At the 2016 census, the suburb of Westmead recorded a population of 16,309. Of these:[1]

  • Age distribution: Residents were notably younger than the country overall. The median age was 33 years, compared to the national median of 38 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 22.3% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up just 8.9% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
  • Ethnic diversity : Just over on quarter (25.4%) were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were India 36.3%, China 4.8%, Sri Lanka 4.2%, Philippines 2.0% and Nepal 2.0%. At home, 20.8% of residents only spoke English; other languages spoken at home included Hindi 10.1%, Tamil 8.7%, Gujarati 7.5%, Telugu 6.8% and Mandarin 4.5%.
  • Religion: The most common religious affiliations were Hinduism 40.8%, Catholic 12.3% and No Religion 11.3%.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Westmead(NSW)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Dharug and First Nations Community | City of Parramatta". www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  3. ^ corporateName=National Museum of Australia; address=Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. "National Museum of Australia - Cook claims Australia". www.nma.gov.au. Retrieved 21 April 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "7 Feb 1788 - Colony of NSW formally proclaimed | NSW State Archives". Museums of History NSW. 5 December 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  5. ^ a b "Westmead - A Brief History | Parramatta History and Heritage". historyandheritage.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  6. ^ a b "Parish of St. John, County of Cumberland [cartographic material] : Land District of Parramatta, Blacktown & Baulkham Hills Shires, Eastern Division N.S.W." Trove. Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  7. ^ "westmead-listing-sheets.pdf" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Essington". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00204. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  9. ^ "Home page". CareFlight.
  10. ^ "Home page". Children's Medical Research Institute.
  11. ^ "Home page". NETS.
  12. ^ "Home page". Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.
  13. ^ "Home page". Westmead Centre for Oral Health.
  14. ^ "Westmead Hospital". Western Sydney Local Health District.
  15. ^ "Home page". Westmead Medical Research Foundation.
  16. ^ "Home page". Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research.
  17. ^ NSW Health - Western Sydney Local Health District. "Integrated Mental Health Complex at Westmead".
  18. ^ "Westmead". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  19. ^ Westmead Public School
  20. ^ Catherine McAuley Catholic High School
  21. ^ Parramatta Marist High School
  22. ^ "Home". wcgs.com.au.
  23. ^ "Parramatta Light Rail – How the preferred network was chosen". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Parramatta Light Rail to Sydney Olympic Park". Transport for NSW. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Further Sydney Metro West stations revealed". Sydney Metro. Transport for NSW. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  26. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Westmead(NSW)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2014. Edit this at Wikidata

External links[edit]

33°48′30″S 150°58′55″E / 33.80833°S 150.98194°E / -33.80833; 150.98194