Regents Park, New South Wales

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Regents Park is a suburb in western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Regents Park is located 22 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is mostly in the local government area of Auburn Council, and partly in the local government area of the City of Bankstown.

Regents Park shares its postcode of 2143 with neighbouring suburbs Birrong and Potts Hill.

History

The suburb took its name from a local property built by Mr Peck and Mr Johnson in 1879, which they had named after Regent's Park, in the north-west of London, United Kingdom.[1]

European settlement

The area was originally part of a land grant to Joseph Hyde Potts and the first subdivision was made in 1880. When the school opened in 1899 it was known as Potts Hill School, but became Sefton Park School in 1907 when this area became known as Sefton Park. In 1929 it was changed to Regent Park School. The railway station opened in 1914 as Regents Park but the site was changed in 1924 when the line connected Lidcombe to Bankstown. The suburb is also notable in the work of Australian poet Peter Skrzynecki, who grew up in Regents Park. Poems such as 'Feliks Skrzynecki' and 'Regents Park' explore the experiences of post war migrants in Australia and their life in the growing suburbs of Sydney's west. The poem '10 Mary Street'is about the Skrzynecki family home which still stands today as a tangible example from some of Skrzynecki's best work.

Transport

Regents Park railway station is on the Bankstown Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Schools

Regents Park Public School, Karningul Public School, Trinity Catholic College, St Peter Chanel Primary School, Birrong Girls' High School, Birrong Boys' High School, Regents Park Christian School.

Sport

Regents Park Pumas Junior Rugby League Club, are a rugby league club who compete in the Canterbury-Bankstown District Junior Rugby League competition and operate from Guilfoyle Park.

Local Government Area

The Potts Hill Reservoir (also known locally as 'The Pipelines') is the demarcation line between Auburn and Bankstown Councils. While the majority of the suburb falls within the local government area of Auburn Council, those living south-west of the Potts Hill Reservoir will be registered under Bankstown Council. Regents Park lies within both the state electorates of Auburn and Bankstown. Federally, it lies in the division of Blaxland.

References

  1. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 221