Belmore, New South Wales facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBelmore
Sydney, New South Wales
Burwood Road, Belmore
|Population||12,718 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||33 m (108 ft)|
|Location||11 km (7 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Canterbury-Bankstown|
Belmore is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Belmore is located 11 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Canterbury-Bankstown.
Belmore is named after the fourth Earl of Belmore, Governor of New South Wales from 1868-1872. The area was known as Darkwater in its early days. Some of the first land grants in 1810 were 40.5 hectares (100 acres) to Richard Robinson east of Sharp Street and Kingsgrove Road and 60 acres (240,000 m2) to Thomas Mansfield, to the west. Francis Wild and John Sullivan were each granted 30 acres (120,000 m2) in 1823. The area was originally used for market gardens and orchards. Subdivision started after the railway came through in 1895.
The first school, Belmore South Primary School opened on 25 April 1892 and the post office opened in 1907. The shopping centre began developing in the 1920s and features some classic examples of art-deco architecture.
Belmore railway station is located on the Bankstown Line of the Sydney Trains network. The line was opened in 1895 and electrified in 1926. The station at Belmore opened on 1 February 1895. Belmore has many bus routes navigating to the south, to the north and the inner south west to the Sydney CBD.
Belmore is one of Australia's more ethnically diverse suburbs.
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 12,574 residents in Belmore. 42.4% of residents were born in Australia, compared with the national average of 69.8%. The most common other countries of birth were Greece (6.7%), Lebanon (5.1%) and China (4.7%). 25.5% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 15.0%, Arabic 14.0% and Vietnamese 4.7%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic (26.7%), Eastern Orthodox (19.8%), Islam (11.5%), No Religion (10.0%) and Buddhism (6.4%).
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 12,718 residents in Belmore. 43.7% of residents were born in Australia, compared with the national average of 66.7%. The next most common countries of birth were Greece 6.3%, China 5.3%, Lebanon 4.1%, Vietnam 3.5% and South Korea 2.9%. 27.7% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 14.1%, Arabic 12.8%, Mandarin 4.6%, Vietnamese 4.4% and Korean 3.6%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 24.1%, Eastern Orthodox 17.8%, No Religion 14.3% and Islam 12.9%.
Belmore Sports Ground is the home ground of the National Rugby League team Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. It is the current home ground for New South Wales Premier League team Sydney Olympic. The "Back to Belmore" campaign was established in August 2005 to upgrade Belmore Sports Grounds as a top-class sporting facility to NRL standards for the Bulldogs to stage a select number of NRL games at their traditional home ground in the long-term future.
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