Sydney, New South Wales
Princes Highway at Banksia
|Population||3,388 (2016 census)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) south of Sydney CBD|
Banksia is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Banksia is located 12 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Bayside Council and is part of the St George area.
The suburb was part of land owned by Simeon Pearce (1821–86) and his brother James Pearce in the 1850s, which extended from Rockdale to Brighton-Le-Sands. Until the late nineteenth century, the area was heavily timbered but residential development began in the 1880s. One of the leading developers was Frederick Jamison Gibbes, a Member of Parliament, after whom Gibbes Street in the suburb is named. The area developed more rapidly after the railway station opened on 21 October 1906. Many names for the suburb were suggested but the final choice came from David George Stead , father of novelist Christina Stead. The post office opened in August 1924.
Banksia has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Gardiner Park
- Banksia Hotel
- National Film and Sound Archive
- Rocksia Hotel
- St Savvas Of Kalymnos Orthodox Church (formerly Banksia Free Church)
Banksia is mainly residential with a few commercial developments. It features mostly low density houses and some medium density blocks of flats. Banksia shopping centre consists of a small group of shops on Railway Street beside Banksia railway station. It includes Banksia Bakery, a take-away shop, a convenience store, chemist, Australia Post and a number of hairdressers.
More shops and commercial developments are located on the Princes Highway. This commercial area extends to the adjacent suburbs of Arncliffe and Rockdale. Many of the commercial developments are part of an automotive precinct featuring car yards, auto accessory retailers, tyre shops and auto repairers, other businesses include hotels and various take away food shops.
A market garden is located on the eastern side of West Botany Street, close to St George Soccer Stadium. Located next to St George Stadium on the grounds of Barton Park lies the Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre, the home of the Rockdale Ilinden Football Club, a largely Macedonian supported NSWSL soccer club.
Banksia railway station on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line of the Sydney Trains network. Banksia is also serviced by State Transit routes 400 and 410 that run between Burwood and Bondi Junction via Eastgardens.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,388 residents in Banksia. 49.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 7.0% and China 4.6%. 42.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Macedonian 10.8%, Arabic 5.9%, Cantonese 5.2%, Greek 4.8% and Mandarin 3.1%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 23.8%, No Religion 18.2% and Eastern Orthodox 16.5%.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Banksia, New South Wales.|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Banksia (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 17
- Pictorial Memories ST. GEORGE: Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville Joan Lawrence, Kingsclear Books, 1996, Published in Australia ISBN 0-908272-45-6
- "Arncliffe Market Gardens". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01395. Retrieved 18 May 2018.