Beecroft, New South Wales facts for kids
Sydney, New South Wales
Beecroft Village retail centre, Hannah Street
|Location:||22 km (14 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
Beecroft is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 22 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of Hornsby Shire and City of Parramatta. Beecroft is considered to be in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney.
Beecroft was orchard country before its suburban development. The railway arrived in 1886 and Sir Henry Copeland, Minister of Lands, conducted a survey of the area to determine its suitability as a residential area. He named the suburb after the maiden name of his two wives, Hannah and Mary Beecroft, (two sisters he married in succession). Their names are also remembered through the respective naming of the suburb's east-west streets; Hannah Street, Copeland Road and Mary Street. Beecroft Post Office opened on 10 February 1890. Due to the strength of the temperance movement in Beecroft at that time there have never been any hotels in Beecroft. The bushland and amenity of Beecroft has been largely preserved due to the efforts of the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust which has been very active since its inception in 1958.
Beecroft railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. In addition to passenger railway traffic, the Main Northern Line also acts as an intercity and freight train thoroughfare passing through Beecroft. Beecroft is also serviced by various bus routes including route 553 from Sydney Buses and routes 651 and 635 from Hillsbus.
Prior to the construction of the M2 Hills Motorway, Beecroft's main road thoroughfare was commissioned as part of Sydney's Metroad system of major arterial roads and throughways. Beecroft Road was part of the Metroad 2 thoroughfare which took motorists between Sydney's Central Business District and Windsor via the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Epping and Castle Hill.
On the day of the 2011 census, 22.2% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 56.0% by car (either as driver or as passenger).
Sport and recreation
Beecroft has a number of recreational facilities within its boundaries. Beecroft is home to Pennant Hills Golf Club, a lawn bowls club now known as "The Beecroft Club" (previously "Beecroft Bowling and Recreation Club"), a lawn tennis club, as well as general park space at the Village Green, walking trails through Chilworth Reserve and other forested areas.
The central bushlands are known for the presence of the satin bowerbird, and many blue objects such as milk bottle tops and clothes pegs from nearby homes can be found in their nests. Other bird species found in the local bush include the kookaburra, yellow-tailed black cockatoo, galah, corella, sulphur-crested cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet, whipbird, king parrot, eastern and crimson rosella, bush turkey, butcher bird, crested pigeon, powerful owl, magpie and currawong.
At the 2011 census of Population, there were 8,836 residents in Beecroft. 69.0% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 3.6%, China 2.9% and Hong Kong 2.8%. 76.3% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Cantonese 6.4%, Mandarin 3.2% and Korean 2.1%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 24.0%, No Religion 22.0% and Anglican 20.6%.
- Sir Garfield Barwick, Australian High Court Justice
- Meredith Burgmann, politician
- Dr Robin Morrow AM, academic and literary critic
- Ruth Cracknell, actress
- Anh Do, comedian
- Steve Glasson, bowls player
- Ellyse Perry, national women's cricket and soccer player
- Neil Rawle, sound engineer
- Leslie Alfred Redgrave, writer, grazier and headmaster, lived from 1923 until 1943 at Bellingara, 109 Copeland Road
- George Sargent, Australian meat pie businessman
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