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SydneyNew South Wales
Holroyd brickworks.JPG
Former brickworks
Population 1,275 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2142
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Location 20 km (12 mi) W of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Cumberland Council
State electorate(s) Granville
Federal Division(s) Parramatta
Suburbs around Holroyd:
Westmead Parramatta Harris Park
Merrylands Holroyd Granville
Merrylands Merrylands Granville

Holroyd is a small suburb in western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Holroyd is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Cumberland Council. The previous local government area of Holroyd City took its name from Arthur Holroyd, first Mayor of the area, local landowner and businessman. The administrative centre is located in nearby Merrylands.

Holroyd shares the postcode of 2142 with the separate nearby suburbs of Granville, South Granville, Camellia and Rosehill.


Arthur Todd Holroyd (1806-1887) acquired Sherwood Scrubs in 1855. Located in Merrylands, it was named after his former home in England. Holroyd became a Member of Parliament for Bathurst Plains then Parramatta, and was a judge for the NSW Supreme Court, had completed one year medical residency in London and was a keen businessman. He was respected and powerful and was on many and varied boards and committees. He became the first mayor of Holroyd Council, then the Municipality of Prospect & Sherwood, from 1872-1927 with only 250 ratepayers for first 9 years. He made clay pipes for drainage at Sherwood Scrubs and introduced drainage to the local area. He also encouraged the rail line to Parramatta Junction.

Holroyd apartments
Brickworks apartments

The suburb of Holroyd was created when the New South Wales Geographical Names Board sought to define suburb boundaries in 1999. Holroyd Council Local Government Area did not have a specific suburb of the same name and had to create one to satisfy the State Government requirements as carried out by the Geographical Names Board. The suburb named Holroyd was gazetted in 1999 with boundaries being Walpole Street (north), Neil Street (south) the railway line (east) and Pitt Street (west). There was a change to the boundary in 2001 with the northern boundary extended to the freeway.


The historic Goodlet and Smith Brickpit sites have now been redeveloped into Holroyd Gardens Park on the site of a clay pit that was later filled. Holroyd Gardens Estate which is a medium density development that includes the remaining heritage brickwork kilns and associated buildings.


At the 2011 census, there were 1,044 residents in Holroyd. Almost 70% of people were born outside of Australia, with the top countries of birth being India 8.4%, China 7.2%, Afghanistan 5.5%, Lebanon 3.9% and Philippines 3.7%. About three quarters of people spoke a language other than English at home. The most common other languages spoken were Arabic 10.2%, Mandarin 8.3%, Dari 4.0%, Hindi 3.8% and Cantonese 3.3%. The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 23.4%, Islam 16.5% and No Religion 14.7%.

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