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Concord
SydneyNew South Wales
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Majors Bay Road clocktower
Population 14,150 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2137
Location 15 km (9 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Canada Bay
State electorate(s) Drummoyne
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Concord:
Concord West Mortlake Breakfast Point
North Strathfield Concord Cabarita
Strathfield Burwood Canada Bay

Concord is a suburb in the inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay.

Concord is known as the 'Parklands Suburb' of the Inner West. Concord West is a separate suburb, to the north-west.

History

Concord takes its name from Concord, Massachusetts, in the USA, which was the site of the Battle of Concord, one of the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War (1775–1778). Some historians believe the Sydney suburb was named Concord to encourage a peaceful attitude between soldiers and settlers. The first land grants in the area were made in 1793.

The original Concord Council was established in 1883. Concord Council amalgamated with Drummoyne Council in 2000 after 117 years of self governance to form the City of Canada Bay. It is also the name of the surrounding parish.

Parks

Concord has many parks, including:

  • Henley Park (site of the former general cemetery - 1938)
  • Majors Bay Reserve, including Arthur Walker and Ron Routly Reserves (beginning of the Concord Foreshore Trail).
  • Concord Golf Course, Massey Park, Cintra Park
  • Concord Oval (home ground of Inter Lions Soccer Club and the West Harbour Pirates Rugby Union Club, training ground of Wests Tigers NRL club)
  • Sid Richards Park (home ground of the Concord Comets Baseball Club)
  • Central Park, St Lukes Park, Bayview Park, Edwards Park, Greenlees Park, Goddard Park, Rothwell Park.

Transport

Concord is well served by Sydney Buses services that connect Burwood and Strathfield with Ryde and Macquarie Centre (via Concord Road; routes 458 and 459, respectively), and Burwood with Mortlake/Breakfast Point, Cabarita, and Bayview Park (routes 462/464, 466, 463 respectively). There are also 2 bus services from Mortlake to the City via Leichhardt (routes 439 and L39), and an all-stops service from Bayview Park to the city via Victoria Road (route 502). Route M41 links Concord with Hurstville to the south and Marsfield to the north. Route 460 is a weekday low frequency off-peak service from Five Dock to Concord Hospital that passes through Concord.

Concord West railway station & North Strathfield railway station service the Concord area. The stops are on the Northern line approximately 14 km from Central Station.

Sydney Ferries service the Concord area stopping at Cabarita Wharf.

Concord was once serviced by an independent tram line which ran from Mortlake and Cabarita junction through Majors Bay Road, Concord, though to Burwood Road (formerly Wharf Street on the Concord side of Parramatta Road) south though Burwood CBD and terminating at Enfield, its most southern point. This tram system did not join with the rest of the Sydney wide tram network which ceased operating in the early 1960s.

Bus services between Mortlake/Breakfast Point and Cabarita to Burwood (and eventually to Ashfield via Enfield, i.e. routes 462/4 and 466) follow the old tram lines through the suburb, which were removed in 1948. Few hints of Concord's trams remain today apart from the extra width of Majors Bay Road and Brewer Street in order to accommodate a double track tramway and the existence of Tramway Lane and Cabarita Junction which is where the tram tracks split, with one track providing the Mortlake branch and the other the Cabarita branch.

Population

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 14,150 residents in Concord. 63.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Italy 6.8%, China 3.9% and England 1.8%. In Concord 58.8% of people only spoke English at home, compared to the national average of 76.8%. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 12.4%, Greek 4.1%, Mandarin 3.6%, Arabic 3.3% and Cantonese 3.3%. The most common responses for religion in Concord were Catholic 48.8%, No Religion 13.9% and Anglican 10.2%.

Notable residents

Notable people who have resided in the suburb have included:

  • Isaac Nichols (1770–1819) - Australia Post's first postmaster and original owner of Walker Estate
  • Phillip Wilcher (born 1955) - Australian classical pianist and composer, also one of the original members of The Wiggles
  • Thomas Walker (1804–1886) - Australian politician, banker, prominent land owner in Concord, and father of Dame Eadith Campbell Walker. Walker built the Italianate mansion Yaralla in the 1860s. It was extended in the 1890s by John Sulman and is now used as the Dame Eadith Walker Convalescent Hospital. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate. Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital was built in fulfilment of Walker's will. It too was designed by John Sulman and is on the Register of the National Estate
  • Dame Eadith Walker (1861–1937) - Australian philanthropist and major land owner in Concord for much of the late 19th and early 20th Century who aided in establishing Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Selwyn Francis Edge (1868–1940) - businessman, racing driver, and record-breaker. He is principally associated with selling and racing De Dion-Bouton, Gladiator, AC Cars, Clément-Panhard and Napier cars
  • Mervyn Victor Richardson (1893–1972) - inventor of the Victa lawn mower
  • Hiram Caton (1936–2010) - Professor of politics and history at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Neil Armfield (born 1955) - Theatre, film and opera director, grew up in Sanders Parade opposite Exile Bay
    YarallaMansion
    Yaralla Mansion in Concord, originally home of Dame Eadith Walker, is now a convalescent hospital

Popular culture

  • Australian drama series All Saints, is set in the fictional All Saints General Western Hospital. The external shots (the sweeping shots of the skyline and hospital) are filmed at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Some scenes have been shot in and around Concord and Majors Bay Road.
  • Australian series Grass Roots was set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia Waters. Many external shots of Arcadia waters Council chambers used Concord Council Chambers as a setting and as was other various locations around Concord, particularly in the shopping centre and cafes in Majors Bay Road.
  • Australian mini series Bangkok Hilton was partly filmed in the grounds of the Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital.
  • Australian drama/comedy series Packed to the Rafters is partly filmed in Riverview Street, and other locations within Concord, where the Rafter family home is located.
  • Dirty Deeds a 2002 Australian/Canadian production filmed in Concord, utilising Henley park and a nearby 1960s period home for the setting.
  • Brides of Christ a 1991 miniseries used St Marys Catholic Church Concord for some of the internal Church Mass scenes.
  • The Cut a 2009 comedy/drama series was partly filmed in Concord, with some internal filming done in a Majors Bay Road shop and some external filming done on the Majors Bay Road shopping strip and Concord Oval.
  • The Victa Mower was created by Mervyn "Victor" Richardson in a Concord garage in 1952.
  • Scenes from action movie Superman Returns were shot at Rivendell Hospital, which was Lex Luther's mansion.
  • Scenes from the drama series Rake were shot in Concord.
  • Scenes from the 2013 miniseries Carlotta were shot in Concord.

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