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Allawah
SydneyNew South Wales
Allawah Hotel 1.JPG
Allawah Hotel, Railway Parade
Population: 5,367
Postcode: 2218
Location: 15 km (9 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA:
  • Georges River Council
  • Bayside Council
State District: Kogarah
Federal Division: Banks
Suburbs around Allawah:
Hurstville Bexley Bexley
South Hurstville Allawah Carlton
Blakehurst Carss Park Carlton
Allawahshops
Railway Parade, Allawah
Allawahstreet
Lancelot Street, Allawah

Allawah is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Allawah is 16 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the St George area. Allawah lies mostly in the local government area of the Georges River Council and partly in Bayside Council. The postcode is 2218, which is shared by the neighbouring suburb of Carlton.

History

The name "Allawah" is Aboriginal in origin, from a local term meaning 'make your abode here' or 'remain here'. It is thought that the Aboriginal clan most prominent in the St George area, the Gameygal or Kameygal – the people of Kamay (Botany Bay), lived in and around the area.

The first land grant was made in 1808 to Captain John Townson by Major George Johnston after he had briefly deposed Governor Bligh in 1808, consisting of 1950 acres (789 hectares), which became known as Townson's Farm. The grant extended from King Georges Road and Stoney Creek Road (of modern-day Penshurst and Beverly Hills) to beyond Kogarah railway station. Later, an additional 250 acres (101 hectares) to the north was granted after Townson complained about the quality of about 300 acres (121 hectares) of this grant (in what was later to become Bexley, Carlton and Allawah).

The railway line to Hurstville was opened in 1884, but the railway station at Allawah did not open until 23 October 1925.

The Allawah post office opened in May 1933.

Demographics

According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 5,367 residents in Allawah. 36.8% of residents were born in Australia. Other common countries of birth were China 18.3%, Hong Kong 3.6% and Republic of Macedonia 2.1%. 30.0% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 17.2%, Cantonese 13.9% and Arabic 4.1%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 27.5%, Catholic 19.5% and Orthodox 9.7%.

Transport

Allawah railway station is on the Illawarra line serviced by Sydney Trains. The railway station has had an upgrade in recent years, including the installation of lifts to benefit the mobility challenged. Trains stop at Allawah six times an hour during peak times, and twice an hour at all other times.

Landmarks

  • St Raphaels Catholic Church
  • Illawarra Synagogue

Coordinates: 33°58′30″S 151°07′00″E / 33.9749°S 151.1167°E / -33.9749; 151.1167


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