Marrickville, a large suburb in Sydney's south, is within the municipality also called Marrickville. The suburb is neighboured by Petersham, Stanmore, Enmore, Newtown, St Peters, Sydenham, Tempe, Earlwood and Dulwich Hill.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Cadigal people, part of the Eora Nation. They did not settle in the Marrickville area, but for thousands of years roamed through territory that stretched from Port Jackson to Botany Bay. Aboriginal artefacts found around Cooks River and Alexandra Canal area indicate at least 7,000 years of occupation.
The Marrickville locality, from the earliest days of European settlement, has been distinguished by its multicultural nature.
European settlement of the area commenced with the first land grant in 1789. By 1809 all land within the district had been granted. By the 1830's Marrickville had been consolidated into five great estates. The area was not heavily populated. Only several hundred people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, including English, Scottish, Italian, German, Dutch and Chinese, lived here. With just a small proportion of the land having been cleared and cultivated, the principal occupations were grain growing, market gardens, timber cutting, dairy farms, pig and poultry farms.
From the 1880's to the 1920's Marrickville grew from a sparsely settled rural area to a densely populated industrial region. Migration has been paramount in the history of Marrickville. Each wave of migration has added to its character. The peak of migrants occurred from the 1950s to the late 1970s when very large numbers of migrants arrived from Southern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The area has become a new home to a diversity of cultural groups. It has one of the highest percentages of overseas-born population of any local government area in New South Wales.
Real Estate & Design
Marrickville is a unique locality with a rich and varied history, which has resulted in an interesting blend of architectural styles. Partly industrial, commercial and with vast recreational areas, the suburb houses semi-detached homes, Victorian terraces, large freestanding Edwardian houses and apartments built from the 1950s onwards. In the early 19th century, terraces and villas were constructed. Heavy local clay deposits lead to an early brick making industry, which encouraged more home construction.
Restaurants & Cafes
Marrickville is spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable and enticing dining. Along Marrickville, Victoria and Illawarra Roads you’ll find welcoming cafés and restaurants that reflect the ethnic population of the suburb the ever-popular Bay Tinh Vietnamese, Addison Chinese, the Corinthian as well as smart cafés such as Post.
Schools, Education & Institutions
Marrickville Public School, Marrickville South and Marrickville High School are all well located. Camdenville Primary and The School of Performing Arts in Newtown and Newington College in Stanmore are within easy driving distance. The Institute of TAFE at Enmore is also a short drive away.
Many significant Aboriginal sites survive on the Cooks River and are the subject of a continuing preservation program. The Cooks River Bridge and Unwins Bridge are also significant landmarks.
Marrickville’s size allows for much diversity in retail including the Marrickville Metropolitan Shopping Centre and numerous shops around Marrickville and Illawarra Roads. In the past four to five years there’s been a shift towards small, specialty shops in the area.
Sports & Fitness
Marrickville is blessed with plenty of open green space including an eighteen hole golf club (Marrickville Golf Course) and a reserve area with cycling tracks and playgrounds on the banks of the Cooks River. Thereís also a pool in McNeilly Park. A number of small parks and pockets of native bushland are also in the area.
Distance from CBD & Transportation
Marrickville is 8.5 km SW of the CBD. It enjoys good public transport facilities including train from Sydenham station and bus connections to the city. Marrickville is 7km by train to Central station.