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St Andrews
SydneyNew South Wales
StAndrewsNSWshops.jpg
St Andrews shopping centre
Population 5,691 (2011 census)
Established 1976
Postcode(s) 2566
Location 55 km (34 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Macquarie Fields
Federal Division(s) Werriwa
Suburbs around St Andrews:
Varroville Varroville Ingleburn
Raby St Andrews Bow Bowing
Eagle Vale Woodbine Minto

St Andrews is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 55 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown. It is part of the Macarthur region.

History

The name St Andrews came from an early 19th-century property owned by Scottish convict Andrew Thompson who in turn had named it after the patron saint of Scotland St Andrew.

The area was used for cattle and dairy farming for the next 150 years or so. In 1957, the first plans were announced by the state government to create a large satellite city in the area but the idea foundered after locals opposed it because the land was such good farming land. Nevertheless, the sprawl of Sydney towards Campbelltown couldn't be halted. In 1976, the name St Andrews was approved for the suburb and in 1977, Landcom began building homes in the area. The following year a primary school was opened and the suburb was well established.

Population

In the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census, the suburb of St Andrews had a population of 5,952 people, with higher than average numbers of Australian citizens (90%) and people born overseas (28%). The most common languages spoken other than English were Arabic (5%), Hindi (2%) and Spanish (2%). The median family income ($1282 per week) was slightly higher than average as was the median housing loan repayment ($1500 per month).

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