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Homebush West
SydneyNew South Wales
Homebush West Church.JPG
St Dominics Catholic Church
Population 5,781 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2140
Location 16 km (10 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Municipality of Strathfield
State electorate(s) Strathfield
Federal Division(s) Reid
Suburbs around Homebush West:
Lidcombe Flemington Homebush Bay
Lidcombe Homebush West Homebush
Rookwood Strathfield Homebush
Homebush West shops
The Crescent, Homebush West

Homebush West is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Homebush West is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Homebush and Homebush Bay are separate suburbs to the east and north-east.

History

This area was originally known Liberty Plains but was called Flemington by John Fleming, who was granted 200 acres (0.81 km2) here in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. In the early 1970s, the Sydney Markets were built at Flemington to relieve the Paddy's Markets at Haymarket, in the city. Since the establishment of Sydney Markets at Flemington in 1975, the residential part of the suburb, south of the railway line became known as Homebush West.

Homebush was established in the 1800s by the colony's then assistant surgeon D'arcy Wentworth. According to local government historian Michael Jones, "Wentworth is popularly credited with having called the area after his 'home in the bush', although Homebush is also a place in Kent."

Transport

Homebush West is serviced by Flemington railway station, on the Airport, Inner West & South Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Population

At the 2011 census, there were 5,781 residents in Homebush West. About one quarter of residents were born in Australia, with the top other countries of birth being China 18.1%, India 14.7%, Republic of South Korea 5.5%, Sri Lanka 4.2%, Vietnam 3.0% and Nepal 2.5%. In total, 58.4% of Homebush West residents were born in Asia, making it Sydney's second largest suburb with an Asia-born resident population after Haymarket. Most people spoke a language other than English at home. Languages spoken at home included Mandarin 15.9%, Cantonese 11.2%, Tamil 7.0%, Korean 6.4% and Hindi 4.7%. Most residents did not profess a religion 22.8%, the most practiced religions were Hinduism 20.2%, Catholicism 14.5% and Buddhism 10.3%.

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