Kingsford, New South Wales
Kingsford is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Kingsford is located 7 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Randwick. Kingsford is part of the Eastern Suburbs region.
Kingsford is a mainly residential area, situated directly south of the University of New South Wales, which is in Kensington. Many of the residents are students living in medium and high density housing. A large Australian Army depot lies in the east of Kingsford.
At the centre of Kingsford, on Anzac Parade and Gardeners Road, there is a large roundabout connecting a public transport system to nine possible destinations via a large number of bus services. For this reason, this part of Kingsford is sometimes referred to as "nine-ways". Kingsford is less than 5 km from Coogee Beach.
The area was once known as South Kensington. It was named Kingsford to honour Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (1897–1935), as was the nearby Sydney Airport. Kingsford was undeveloped until a land boom in the 1920s. In the 1940s, many Greeks settled in the area, particularly migrants from the island of Castellorizo (or Kastellorizo). Many opened businesses in the area; and, in 1973, they built the Castellorizian Club on Anzac Parade. Kingsford was originally intended to be the terminus of the Eastern Suburbs railway line; but, as a cost-cutting measure, the line was terminated at Bondi Junction in 1979.
Charles Kingsford Smith Tribute
In 2010, a tribute was created to Charles Kingsford Smith in Gardeners Lane, off Anzac Parade. The tribute consisted of a mosaic of Smith, a mosaic of his plane, the Southern Cross, and a Trans Pacific Mural depicting the Southern Cross. The tribute was unveiled on 11 August 2010 by Mayor John Procopiadis. It was designed by Masoud Nodous; the artist was Tim Cole. In 2014, the mural depicting the Southern Cross was added. The artist was Annette Barlow.
In the 2016 Census, there were 15,482 people in Kingsford. 36.1% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 24.0%, Indonesia 4.0%, Malaysia 2.9%, Greece 2.2% and England 2.1%. The most common ancestries in Kingsford (NSW) (State Suburbs) were Chinese 29.6%, English 11.3%, Australian 10.2%, Greek 6.8% and Irish 5.9%. 38.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 23.4%, Greek 5.9%, Cantonese 4.9%, Indonesian 4.0% and Spanish 1.3%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 39.0% and Catholic 19.2%.
Churches and schools
- St Spyridon is a Greek Orthodox Church on Gardeners Road. St Spyridon College is a private school, adjacent to the church.
- The Indonesian Presbyterian Church and Kingsway Church are located at 94 Houston Road.
- Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Sturt Street, Kingsford
- Gereja Focus Indonesia is an Indonesian students' church located on UNSW campus
- Kingsford Church of Christ is located on Anzac Parade
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kingsford (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 138
- St Spyridon – Australia
- Kingsway Church
- Gereja Focus Indonesia
- Church of Christ, Kingsford