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City of Canterbury
New South Wales
Canterbury lga sydney.png
Population 146,314 (2012)
 • Density 4,303.45/km2 (11,145.9/sq mi)
Established 17 March 1879 (Municipality)
16 November 1993 (City)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 34 km2 (13.1 sq mi)
Mayor Brian Robson (Labor Labor)
Council seat Canterbury Administration Building, Campsie
Region Inner West
South West
Canterbury City Council logo 1990-2016.png
Website City of Canterbury
LGAs around City of Canterbury:
Strathfield Burwood Ashfield
Bankstown City of Canterbury Marrickville
Bankstown Hurstville Rockdale

The City of Canterbury was a local government area in the south–west region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The city was primarily residential and light industrial in character, and was home to over 130 nationalities. With a majority of its residents being born overseas, the council marketed itself as the "City of Cultural Diversity." First incorporated as the Municipality of Canterbury in 1879, the council became known as the City of Canterbury in 1993.

The last Mayor of the City of Canterbury Council was Cr. Brian Robson, a member of the Labor Party, until 12 May 2016 when the City was amalgamated with the City of Bankstown, forming the City of Canterbury-Bankstown.

Suburbs in the local government area

Suburbs in the former City of Canterbury were:


SLNSW 796187 Town Hall Canterbury
Canterbury Town Hall

Indigenous Australians lived in this area for thousand of years. In 1770, the land along the Cooks River was explored by officers from HM Bark Endeavour. In 1793, the area's first land grant was made to the chaplain of the First Fleet, the Reverend Richard Johnson, and given the name Canterbury Vale.

Residential development began picking up in the area during the 1880s and the was extended to Canterbury in 1895, encouraging further suburban development which led to the area becoming heavily populated. A leading developer at this time was Frederick Gibbes, a Member of Parliament for the seat of Newtown.

After much petitioning of the State Government by local residents, the Municipality of Canterbury was proclaimed on 17 March 1879. The council first met in the home of the first mayor, Alderman John Sproule and premised were then leased in the St Paul's Church schoolroom at 47-49 Canterbury Road, Canterbury. The Canterbury Town Hall, located on Canterbury Road between Canton and Howard Streets, was opened in 1889 by the Premier of New South Wales, Sir Henry Parkes. However, over time, Campsie became a more important centre and in recognition of this the city administration moved there in 1963, with the Canterbury Municipal Administration Building, designed by architects Whitehead and Payne, being opened on Beamish Street by the mayor, James S. Scott, on 21 September 1963. The City of Canterbury was proclaimed on 16 November 1993 by the Governor of New South Wales, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair.


A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Canterbury merge with the City of Bankstown to form a new council with an area of 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 351,000. Following an independent review, on 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced that the merger with the City of Bankstown would proceed with immediate effect, creating a new council with an area of 72 square kilometres (28 sq mi).


At the 2011 Census, there were 137,454 people in the Canterbury local government area, with an equal proportion of male and female residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Canterbury was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5% of the population. of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.9% were married and 10.8% were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the City of Canterbury between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.02%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.76%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Canterbury local government area was approximately half the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Canterbury is significantly lower than the national average.

Campsie Early Childhood Centre, designed by architects Davey & Brindley in 1954.
Selected historical census data for Canterbury local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011
Population Estimated residents on Census night 129,935 129,963 137,454
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 1.99%
% of Australian population 0.69% Decrease 0.65% Decrease 0.64%
Cultural and language diversity
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Chinese 11.6%
Australian 9.7%
Lebanese 9.5%
Greek 9.5%
English 8.9%
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(other than English)
Arabic 12.2% Decrease 10.1% Increase 13.2%
Greek 11.1% Decrease 10.4% Decrease 9.8%
Mandarin 1.7% Increase 2.7% Increase 5.6%
Cantonese 2.7% Increase 3.3% Increase 5.5%
Vietnamese n/c Increase 2.2% Increase 3.8%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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Catholic 43.4% Decrease 41.7% Decrease 25.6%
Islam 5.1% Steady 5.1% Increase 16.6%
Eastern Orthodox 15.8% Decrease 13.4% Increase 13.6%
No religion 11.1% Increase 13.4% Decrease 12.5%
Buddhism n/c n/c Increase 6.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$366 A$430
% of Australian median income 78.5% 74.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$839 A$1,149
% of Australian median income 81.7% 77.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,007 A$1,029
% of Australian median income 86.0% 83.4%

In 1990, the council's Engineering Department produced the logo in everyday usage until 2016, it consisted of two C's in black and white, intersected by a wave in light blue, which represents the Cooks River and is taken from the council arms issued in 1979.

Sister cities

  • South Korea Eunpyong-gu, Seoul, South Korea. A special friendship garden in Loft Gardens at Campsie commemorating the relationship begun in 1988, in the design of the Taegukgi, was unveiled in November 2000 by the mayors of Canterbury and Eunpyong-gu.
  • Greece Patras, Greece.

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