Homebush West is an inner western suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Homebush West is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Homebush and Homebush Bay are separate suburbs to the east and north-east.
Homebush was established in the 1800s by the colony's then assistant surgeon D'arcy Wentworth
. According to local government historian Michael Jones, "Wentworth is popularly credited with having called the area after his 'home in the bush', although Homebush is also a place in Kent
This area was originally known Liberty Plains but was called Flemington by John Fleming, who was granted 200 acres here in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. In the early 1970s, the Sydney Markets were built at Flemington to relieve the Paddy's Markets
, in the city. Since the establishment of Sydney Markets
at Flemington in 1975, the residential part of the suburb, south of the railway line became known as Homebush West.
Homebush West is serviced by Flemington railway station
, on the Inner West line
and South line
of the CityRail
Homebush West has a small group shops located in The Crescent, beside Flemington railway station
. Sydney Markets
is located immediately north of the train line at Flemington
. The markets feature a number of divisions including Produce, Flowers, Growers, Fresh Food, Motor, Swap & Sell, Paddy's Markets
and Sydney Markets Plaza.
The only school operating is Homebush West Public School servicing K-6. St Dominics Primary School ceased operating in 2006.
There are four churches in Homebush West: St Dominics Catholic School, St Columba Anglican Church, Intercession of the Holy Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Homebush Baptist Church
There are 2,659 people living in the area according to the 2001 one census, 1,351 males and 1,308 females. This is likely to increase dramatically in the 2006 census due to the large number of new flats
replacing houses in the area. Homebush West Public School is also reporting more enrolments than usual.