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Northmead
Greater Western SydneyNew South Wales
Northmead shops 1.JPG
TheJunction, Windsor Road c. 2007
Population 11,215 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,608/km2 (6,750/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2152
Elevation 30 m (98 ft)
Area 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 26 km (16 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Parramatta
State electorate(s) Seven Hills
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Northmead:
Winston Hills Baulkam Hills North Rocks
Old Toongabbie Northmead North Parramatta
Wentworthville Westmead Parramatta
Northmead shops 2
Northmead shopping centre c. 2007

Northmead is a suburb of Greater Western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Northmead is located 26 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Parramatta.

Northmead is a hilly suburb with low to medium density houses, townhouses and apartment buildings, and a large light industrial area. It is located to the northeast of the junction of Darling Mills Creek and Toongabbie Creek, which combine to form the beginnings of the Parramatta River.

History

With the British settlement of Parramatta, this area was originally part of the domain of Government House. What is left of this domain, including Government House, forms Parramatta Park. The name Northmead is derived from the location of the north "mead", or meadow, of the governor's domain. The land was subdivided between 1859 and 1889 and the Northern Meadow and Western Meadow of the domain were split off and called Northmead and Westmead. From this time, orchards were established by many new settlers, including some whose names were well known in the Parramatta area - George Oakes, Nat Payten and William Fullagar among them.

Industrial area

Northmead is the home of a large number of light industires, especially around Briens Road which runs along the back of the Westmead Hospital district. Along Briens Road are:

  • Coca-Cola Amatil bottles Coca-Cola and other softdrink
  • Australian Paper
  • Ontera Carpets

On Boundary Road, there is a bus depot for Hillsbus which is the Region 4 bus operator.

Transport history

Northmead once featured a train line known as the Rogans Hill railway line. Long underperforming due to an increasing preference for faster and more modern motor buses, it was decided in 1929 under conservative (United Australia Party) Premier Bertram Stevens that the line should be decommissioned, which eventually took place on 31 January 1932.

Currently, there is no train line that services Northmead with the closest being the Main Western Railway Line that runs through Westmead and Parramatta.

Transport history

Northmead once featured a train line known as the Rogans Hill railway line. Long underperforming due to an increasing preference for faster and more modern motor buses, it was decided in 1929 under conservative (United Australia Party) Premier Bertram Stevens that the line should be decommissioned, which eventually took place on 31 January 1932.

Currently, there is no train line that services Northmead with the closest being the Main Western Railway Line that runs through Westmead and Parramatta.

Population

According to the 2011 census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Northmead had a population of 10,224. This was a significant increase from the 2006 census, which showed a population of 6,969. This increase went hand in hand with an increase in apartments in the suburb from 9.9% to 29.9% over the period.

Apart from English, the most common languages spoken were Arabic (2.8%), Korean (2.1%), Mandarin (2.0%) and Cantonese (2.0%). The religious affiliation responses were Catholic (29.5%), Anglican (17.8%) and no religion (15.2%).

Notable residents

  • Parramatta City Councillor, Former Lord Mayor Scott Lloyd was raised in Northmead, and went to Northmead primary school between 1983 and 1989.
  • Richie Benaud (1930–2015), cricketer and commentator.
  • Allan Cunningham (1791–1839), explorer and botanist.
  • Harry Hopman (1906–1985), tennis player.
  • David Lennox (1788–1873), colonial bridge builder.
  • John Lewin (1770–1819), first professional artist in New South Wales.
  • Rev. Samuel Marsden (1765–1838), known as the "flogging parson".
  • Mary Cover Hassall (1799–1825), Methodist missionary to Tonga Island.
  • Dowell Philip O'Reilly (1865–1923), poet and politician.
  • Greg Page (born 1972), Australian musician and Wiggles member.
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