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SydneyNew South Wales
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Population 811 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 2110
Location 11 km (7 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Municipality of Hunter's Hill
State electorate(s) Lane Cove
Federal Division(s) North Sydney
Suburbs around Woolwich:
Longueville Greenwich Northwood
Hunters Hill Woolwich Greenwich
Drummoyne Cockatoo Island Birchgrove

Woolwich is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Woolwich is located 11 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill. Woolwich sits on the peninsula between the Lane Cove River and the Parramatta River, jutting out from Hunters Hill.


The suburb's name is derived from its namesake Woolwich, by the banks of the Thames in London. Parramatta River had been known as the 'Thames of the Antipodes' and other nearby suburbs were also named after Thames localities of Greenwich, Putney and Henley.

The area's Aboriginal name is 'Mookaboola' or 'Moocooboola', which means meeting of waters. An early settler was John Clarke, who bought land here in 1834 and is responsible for naming Clarke's Point. Samuel Onion was another early land owner with an ironmongery business and he gave the suburb its first name 'Onion Point' in 1835.

The world's first, union-led green ban was placed on the suburb. Jack Mundey and his followers in the Builder's Labourers Federation did not support the destruction of local habitat. They eventually won their battle and 'Kelly's Bush' remains today.

Clarks Point Reserve, Woolwich, New South Wales
Clarks Point Reserve, Woolwich, New South Wales



In the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing, the population of Woolwich stood at 812 people, 51.5% female and 48.5% male, and with a Median age of 49 years. 19.2% of the population was born overseas with England (5%), Hong Kong (1.8%) and New Zealand (1.7%) the most common. The five strongest religious affiliations in the area were in descending order: Catholic (29.6%), Anglican (23.4%), no religion (15%), Uniting Church (2.8%) and Presbyterian and Reformed (2.8%).

Woolwich's population is typically wealthy, with a median weekly household income of $2,507, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The most common types of occupation for employed persons were Professionals (38.5%), Managers (22.4%), and Clerical and Administrative Workers (16.4%). 64.2% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households, 17.8% were lone person households and there were no group households.



Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich and Woolwich Public School.

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