Woolwich, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°50′24″S 151°10′16″E / 33.840°S 151.171°E / -33.840; 151.171
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SydneyNew South Wales
Woolwich Lookout
Population814 (2016 census)[1]
Location11 km (7 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Municipality of Hunter's Hill
State electorate(s)Lane Cove
Federal division(s)North Sydney
Suburbs around Woolwich:
Longueville Greenwich Northwood
Hunters Hill Woolwich Greenwich
Drummoyne Cockatoo Island Birchgrove

Woolwich is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Woolwich is located 11 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill. Woolwich sits on the peninsula between the Lane Cove River and the Parramatta River, jutting out from Hunters Hill.


The suburb's name is derived from its namesake Woolwich, by the banks of the Thames in London. Parramatta River had been known as the 'Thames of the Antipodes' and other nearby suburbs were also named after Thames localities of Greenwich, Putney and Henley.[2]

The area's Aboriginal name is 'Mookaboola' or 'Moocooboola', which means meeting of waters. An early settler was John Clarke, who bought land here in 1834 and is responsible for naming Clarke's Point. Samuel Onion was another early land owner with an ironmongery business and he gave the suburb its first name 'Onion Point' in 1835.

The world's first, union-led green ban was placed on the suburb. Jack Mundey and his followers in the Builder's Labourers Federation did not support the destruction of local habitat. They eventually won their battle and 'Kelly's Bush' remains today.

61 properties in Woolwich are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register, including the Woolwich Pier Hotel and the Woolwich Wharf.[3] There are also notable heritage items of local significance dotted across the peninsula, including St John’s Anglican Church built in 1908. It has a simple gabled form from the Victorian Gothic revival style. The church became Hunter’s Hill Theatre[4] in more recent years and was sold in 2012 to become a residential house. More recently, the Church underwent a significant renovation by Arc Architects and Interior Architecture by Michiru Higginbotham completed in 2020.[5][6]

Clarks Point Reserve, Woolwich, New South Wales



In the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing, the population of Woolwich stood at 814 people, 53.1% female and 46.9% male, and with a Median age of 51 years. 72.5% of people were born in Australia and 78.6% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 32.1%, No Religion 28.6% and Anglican 19.8%.[1]

Woolwich's median weekly household income $3,211, compared with $1,438 in Australia. According to the Australian Taxation Office statistics for the financial year of 2016–2017, the postcode of 2110 (Hunters Hill & Woolwich) had an average taxable income of $156,069 making it the 10th wealthiest suburb in Australia.[7] The most common response for occupations was Professionals with 37.7% of all responses. 76.1% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households.[1]


State Elections[8]
Liberal 63.5%
Labor 16.5%
Greens 12.1%
Democrats 6.5%
Christian Democrats 0.9%
Unity Party 0.4%
Federal Elections[9]
Liberal 64.86%
Labor 28.17%
Greens 6.12%
Christian Democrats 0.57%
Climate Change 0.28%
Independent 0.00%
Family First 0.00%
Citizens Electoral Council 0.00%

Woolwich is in the federal electoral division of North Sydney. This seat was won by Joe Hockey, the current Treasurer of Australia at the 1996 federal election and retained most recently in the 2013 Australian federal election. [10] North Sydney is one of only two original divisions in New South Wales, along with Wentworth, which have never been held by the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

For NSW state elections, Woolwich is in the Electoral district of Lane Cove. As of 2003 this seat is held by Liberal MP Anthony Roberts, who was last re-elected in the 2007 state election except for the March 2011 NSW State election.[11]



Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich and Woolwich Public School.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woolwich (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 276
  3. ^ "Search the State Heritage Inventory". Heritage NSW. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  4. ^ "ABOUT US". HUNTERS HILL THEATRE. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  5. ^ Heritage Impact Statement for re-use of St John's Church Woolwich prepared by Bruce Lay of Heritage Solutions. July 2017.
  6. ^ "The Church Woolwich Sydney". Michiru Higginbotham - Sydney Residential Architecture & Interior Design. Retrieved 30 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Australia's richest and poorest postcodes revealed". ABC News. 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ "State Electoral District – Lane Cove Results 2007". State Elections. Electoral Commission NSW. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007. Percentages calculated using combined results for "Woolwich" polling booths, and only counting formal votes.
  9. ^ "Polling Place – Woolwich". House of Representatives – Election 2007. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  10. ^ "Electoral Division of North Sydney (NSW) The Hon Joe Hockey MP". Members. Commonwealth of Australia. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  11. ^ "Mr Anthony John ROBERTS, MP". Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007.

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