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Westmead
SydneyNew South Wales
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Westmead Hospital
Population 14,171 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2145
Location 26 km (16 mi) west of Sydney
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)
  • Seven Hills
  • Granville
Federal Division(s) Parramatta
Suburbs around Westmead:
Old Toongabbie Northmead North Parramatta
Wentworthville Westmead Parramatta
South Wentworthville Merrylands West Mays Hill

Westmead is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Westmead is 26 kilometres (16 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government areas of the City of Parramatta and Cumberland Council; and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

Geography

Westmead is bounded by the Parramatta River, Toongabbie Creek and Finlayson Creek in the north. On the east it is bounded by Parramatta Park, the Parramatta Golf Club, Amos Street and Good Street. The southern boundary is the Great Western Highway. The western boundary is Bridge Road, the railway line and Finlayson Creek.

History

With the British settlement of Parramatta, Westmead was originally part of the domain of Government House. What is left of this domain, including Government House, form Parramatta Park. The name Westmead came into use when the governor's domain was first subdivided in 1859. The subdivision of the domain was completed in 1889. 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.

Parramatta Marist School was established by Fr. John Therry in Hunter Street Parramatta in 1820, under the direction of Mr. George Morley. The school was transferred to the site of the present junior school in 1837 and entrusted to the care of the Marist Brothers in 1875. This makes Parramatta Marist the oldest Catholic school in Australia.

Transport

Westmead railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.

The Western railway line from Parramatta to Blacktown was built through the suburb in 1861. A railway station at Westmead was opened in April 1893 after a successful petition by local residents.

A bus transitway, the North-West T-way, services Westmead from both Parramatta and The Hills District.

The two-line Parramatta Light Rail project was announced in 2015. Westmead will be the terminus of both lines, which will operate to Carlingford and Strathfield.

On the day of the 2011 census, 39% of employed people traveled to work on public transport and 43% by car (either as driver or as passenger).

Demographics

At the 2011 census, the suburb of Westmead recorded a population of 14,171. Of these:

  • Age distribution: Residents were notably younger than the country overall. The median age was 31 years, compared to the national median of 37 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 19.5% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up just 8.1% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
  • Ethnic diversity : Just under one-third (30%) were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were India 30%, China 6%, and Sri Lanka 4%. At home, 26% of residents only spoke English; other languages spoken at home included Hindi 8.8%, Gujarati 7.7%, Tamil 6.4%, Mandarin 5.3% and Telugu 5.1%.
  • Finances: The median household weekly income was $1,475, slightly more than the national median of $1,234. This minor difference is also reflected in real estate prices, with the median mortgage payment in Westmead being $2,000 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.
  • Transport: On the day of the Census, 39% of employed people traveled to work on public transport and 43% by car (either as driver or as passenger).
  • Housing: More than two-thirds (68%) of occupied private dwellings were flats, units or apartments; 20% were separate houses, and 12.5% were semi-detached (row or terrace houses, townhouses etc.). The average household size was 2.6 people.
  • Religion: The most common religious affiliations were Hinduism 33%, Catholic 16%, No Religion 11%, and Islam 8%.

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