Westmead, New South Wales

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Westmead
SydneyNew South Wales
Westmead hospital E block.jpg
Westmead Hospital
Population14,171 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s)2145
Location26 km (16 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Parramatta, Holroyd
State electorate(s)Parramatta
Federal Division(s)Parramatta
Suburbs around Westmead:
Old ToongabbieNorthmeadNorth Parramatta
WentworthvilleWestmeadParramatta
South WentworthvilleMerrylands WestMays Hill
 
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Westmead
SydneyNew South Wales
Westmead hospital E block.jpg
Westmead Hospital
Population14,171 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s)2145
Location26 km (16 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Parramatta, Holroyd
State electorate(s)Parramatta
Federal Division(s)Parramatta
Suburbs around Westmead:
Old ToongabbieNorthmeadNorth Parramatta
WentworthvilleWestmeadParramatta
South WentworthvilleMerrylands WestMays 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 the City of Holroyd; and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

Geography[edit]

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 and Darcy Road.

History[edit]

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.

Health[edit]

Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

Health is the major employer in the area, with large public hospitals for both adults and children, a mental health hospital, a private hospital and three medical research facilities spanning basic, genetic and molecular science for both adults and children. A community foundation supports fundraising and awareness activities of Westmead.

Education[edit]

Transport[edit]

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.

Bus transitway service Westmead from both Parramatta and The Hills District via the North-West T-way.

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).[1]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, the suburb of Westmead recorded a population of 14,171. Of these:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Westmead(NSW)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Home page". Westmead Medical Research Foundation. 
  3. ^ "Westmead Hospital". Western Sydney Local Health District. 
  4. ^ "Home page". Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. 
  5. ^ "Home page". Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research. 
  6. ^ "Home page". Westmead Centre for Oral Health. 
  7. ^ "Home page". NETS. 
  8. ^ "Home page". CareFlight. 
  9. ^ "Home page". Children's Medical Research Institute. 
  10. ^ Westmead Public School
  11. ^ Catherine McAuley Catholic High School
  12. ^ Parramatta Marist High School

Coordinates: 33°48′30″S 150°58′55″E / 33.80829°S 150.98208°E / -33.80829; 150.98208