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For the seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, see Electoral district of Drummoyne.


Drummoyne is a suburb in the inner west of Sydneymarker, in the state of New South Walesmarker, Australia. It is located 6 kilometres west of the Sydney central business districtmarker and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the City of Canada Baymarker.

Drummoyne sits on the peninsula between Iron Covemarker and Five Dock Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by Sydney Harbourmarker and the Parramatta Rivermarker and, as such, has some of Sydney's best waterfront views. Drummoyne neighbours the similarly historic Five Dockmarker, Abbotsfordmarker and Balmainmarker, though Russell Leamarker is the only adjacent suburb by land.

History

William Wright, a merchant, whaler and sealer bought land in the northern part of the area in 1853. The property was bounded by present day Lyons Road and Victoria Road. Drummoyne House was built in the Georgian Classical style. It was rectangular in plan with a hipped roof with a concave verandah the across entire front and returned along each side. He named it Drummoyne Park after his family home at Drummoyne on Clyde in Scotlandmarker. In Gaelic, Drummoyne means flat topped ridge.Image:Drummoyne church.JPG|Drummoyne Presbyterian ChurchImage:Drummoyne Masonic Hall.JPG|Masonic HallImage:Drummoyne Fire Station.JPG|Fire Station, Lyons RoadImage:Drummoyne War Memorial.JPG|War Memorial, Marlborough Street

Transport

Drummoyne is linked to Rozellemarker by the Iron Cove Bridgemarker and Huntleys Pointmarker by the Gladesville Bridgemarker. Victoria Road, one of Sydney's busiest roads, cuts through the heart of Drummoyne en route to the Sydney CBDmarker. Victoria Road's presence makes the CBD transport hub extremely accessible, as numerous and frequent bus routes from Sydney's west merge in Drummoyne. However, it also leads to a bottleneck during the morning and evening peaks. There are currently plans for an Iron Cove Bridge extension, as well as an underground Metro train line from the Sydney CBD.

Regular Ferry and Rivercat services from the Wolseley Street wharf also provide a transport option for Drummoyne residents, servicing the Parramatta-City route. Another ferry wharf, servicing the Birkenhead-City route, is at Birkenhead Pointmarker.

Image:Drummoyne Iron Cove Bridge.JPG|Iron Cove BridgeImage:Wiki0076.jpg|Afternoon traffic on Victoria RoadImage:Drummoyne Birkenhead Point wharf.JPG|Birkenhead Point wharfImage:Drummoyne Iron Cove.JPG|Drummoyne, view from Chiswick

Commercial area

Birkenhead Point shopping centre
Drummoyne is mostly residential with some commercial developments, and still retains some of its industrial heritage. The main shopping strip is located along Victoria Road and the intersecting Lyons Road. There is also a small shopping plaza at this point. A shopping mall is located at Birkenhead Pointmarker, known as the Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre, featuring a Coles supermarket, specialty shops and factory outlet stores. The Canada Bay Civic Centre, the administration building for the City of Canada Bay, is located in Marlborough Street.Image:Drummoyne shops 1.JPG| Drummoyne Chambers, Lyons RoadImage:Drummoyne shops 2.JPG| Commercial buildings, Victoria RoadImage:Drummoyne pub.JPG|P.J. Gallagher's Irish pubImage:Drummoyne Post Office.JPG|Drummoyne Post Office

Sport

Drummoyne is home to Drummoyne Ovalmarker, situated on the banks of the Parramatta River. In 1931, as a depression project, Drummoyne Oval was constructed on the site of a small oval which the Glebe and Balmain Rugby Union Clubs had used for junior matches since 1892. To ensure longevity of tenure, because there were not enough sporting grounds in Sydney, the Glebe Balmain Club decided to change its name to the Drummoyne District Rugby Football Club. It did so without giving up its long-held traditions, the scarlet jumpers of Glebe and its tag, "The Dirty Reds" and the black and gold of Balmain, colours still worn by today's players on their socks. The Drummoyne Rugby Club still plays at Drummoyne Oval as it has done for many years and is its permanent home. It is also a permanent home to Sydney first grade cricket side Balmain-UTS during the summer and occasionally hosts the NSW Blues Cricket side in the national ING Cup competition. With a carpet-like playing surface and large capacity (approximately 8,000), the oval is often used for cricket, Australian rules football and Rugby Union.

Drummoyne Olympic pool is located on the banks of Iron Covemarker. Filtered chlorine is separated from open water by 3 metres of poolside deck. The Bay Runmarker is a popular route for runners and walkers.

Drummoyne, New South Wales

Population

Demographics

In the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing, the population of Drummoyne stood at 10,388 people, 52.7% females and 47.3% males, with a median age of 38 years. 25.2% of the population was born overseas with Englandmarker (4%), New Zealandmarker (3%) and Italymarker (2.6%) the most common. The five strongest religious affiliations in the area were in descending order: Catholic (33.8%), Anglican (17.5%), no religion (15.8%), Eastern Orthodox (5.6%) and Presbyterian and Reformed (4.1%).

Drummoyne's population is wealthier than the Australian average, with a median weekly household income of $1,726, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The most common types of occupation for employed persons were Professionals (36.2%), Managers (21%), and Clerical and Administrative Workers (15.3%). 56.6% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households, 28.7% were lone person households and 6.7% were group households.

Politics

Drummoyne is now part of the City of Canada Bay, a municipality formed in 2000 by the amalgamation of the municipalities of Drummoyne and Concord. It is part of the State electorate of Drummoyne and the current member for Drummoyne is Angela D'Amore. It is in the Federal electorate of Lowe and is represented in Federal parliament by John Murphy.

References

  1. Drummoyne Municipal Council Drummoyne Heritage Study Specialist Report, pp. 9-10
  2. Frances Pollon, The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Angus and Robertson, 1990, pages 86-88
  3. The Dirty Reds Est. 1874


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