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Ryde

 

Postcode: 2112   |  Distance To sydney CBD: 13 KM

 


Ryde is located 13 km north-west of the Sydney CBD and 8 km east of Parramatta. Ryde lies on the north bank of the Parramatta River. North Ryde, West Ryde, and East Ryde are separate suburbs from Ryde.

History
Ryde was named after the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It may have been adopted from G.M. Pope, who came from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, who settled in the area and opened the 'Ryde Store'.
Originally known by its Aboriginal name Wallumatta, the whole area between Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers became known as the Field of Mars. The name Ryde was used from the 1840s and adopted as the name of the municipality in 1870. The suburb contains the oldest settler's cottage in Australia, Addington, on Victoria Road. Addington was built by the emancipist James Stewart, circa 1800. James Shepherd bought the property in 1810 and added a six-room house to the original sandstone cottage. Addington House, also known as "New Farm", is included on the NSW Heritage Register and the National Trust of NSW.


Other historic buildings in the area include the police station on Victoria Road and Willandra, Willandra Street. The police station, a simple sandstone structure, was designed by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis and built in 1837. Willandra is a two-storey Georgian home built by the Devlin family circa 1845, and more recently used as an art gallery and headquarters for the Ryde and District Historical Society. Both Willandra and the police station are listed on the Register of the National Estate. In 1892, the public school at 2 Tucker Street was opened. The building, which still survives, is the Infants Department, a two-storey, sandstone building which is heritage-listed.


The cottage Riversdale, in Wade Street, was the home of a well-known riverboat captain by the name of Robert Gascoigne, who lived in the area circa 1900. As Ryde was located at the top of the hill it also became known as 'Top Ryde'. Ryde Swimming Centre was demolished and rebuilt as Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, and hosted events of the 2000 Olympics.

Trams
The majority of services operated from Fort Macquarie and Circular Quay down George St to Broadway and Parramatta Road. In the peak hours and other busy periods, supplementary services operated from Railway Square. Tram services to Drummoyne and Ryde were serviced by the Rozelle Tram Depot. The service, after departing the depot travelled along the Crescent and Commercial Road (now City West Link Road) in Glebe, turning left onto Victoria Road. It then crossed the Iron Cove Bridge and the former Gladesville Bridge before turning right onto Blaxland Road. It then wound its way along Blaxland Road, behind the site of the current council chambers, terminating near the intersection of Pope and Devlin Street in Ryde.

Commercial
Top Ryde is an unofficial locality within Ryde, which contains the commercial area of the suburb, centred on the intersection of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road. Top Ryde City is a major shopping centre there. The original Top Ryde shopping centre on this site was the second of its type to be built in Australia. Top Ryde is the location of the Ryde council office, and library. 2RRR is a community radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting to the Ryde area on 88.5 FM.

Transport
The Ryde Bridge links Ryde south to Rhodes, over the Parramatta River. State Transit operate a number of services in Ryde including:

 

M41

Marsfield via Lane Cove Road

Hurstville via Campsie

M52

Sydney CBD via Victoria Road (limited stops)
Parramatta via Ermington

287

Milsons Point via Lane Cove (Weekday AM peak service)

458

Burwood via Concord Hospital & Strathfield

500

Sydney CBD via Rozelle

501

Sydney CBD via Victoria Road & Pyrmont
West Ryde

507

Sydney CBD via Putney and Victoria Road
Macquarie Centre via North Ryde Shops

515

Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
Eastwood via Denistone

518

Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
Macquaire Centre via Denistone East

520

Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
Parramatta via Ermington


The main closest train station for the access to Ryde is West Ryde railway station which is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Schools
Schools in Ryde include government schools such as Ryde Secondary College (formerly Malvina High School) and Ryde Public School, Tucker Street, which is heritage-listed. It also includes a few private schools such as Holy Cross College and Northcross Christian School. The German International School Sydney operated in Ryde from 1992 to 2008 and moved to Terrey Hills in August 2008.

Places of worship
Ryde contains St Anne's Anglican Church, Church Street, which has the grave of Maria Ann Sherwood Smith, in whose orchards the Granny Smith apple was first found. Every year, in the suburb of Eastwood, the Granny Smith Festival is held in her honour. The church was built in 1826 and extended in later years. It was a central feature in the early life of the area and is now listed on the Register of the National Estate. Church Street is also the location of Ryde Wesley Uniting Church.

Parks and recreation
Santa Rosa Park is located between Quarry Road and Bridge Road. It features a separated pathway for walking and bike riders. Shrimptons Creek runs through the park in a north-easterly direction flowing into the Lane Cove River. The park is used for football and cricket. Gannan Park was once a quarry and brickworks and is accessed from Buna Court, Minga Street and McAuley Park.
Ryde Pool was home to water polo events for the Sydney Olympics, held in 2000. The pool is now owned by Ryde City Council.

Population
Demographics
At the 2016 census, Ryde recorded a population of 26,499. Of these:
 

Age distribution
Ryde residents' median age was 36 years, lower than the national median of 38. Children aged 014 years made up 16.7% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.7% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
 

Ethnic diversity
48.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 10.3%, South Korea 3.1%, India 3.1%, Italy 2.2% and Philippines 2.0%. Only 13.4% identify their ancestry as Australian. The most common ancestry in Ryde was Chinese at 15.5% with the next most common ancestries being English 14.7%, Italian 6.9% and Irish 5.5%. 47.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 10.0%, Cantonese 5.6%, Korean 3.7%, Italian 3.5% and Armenian 3.2%.
 

Religion
The most common responses for religion were Catholic 27.7% and No Religion 27.6%.
 

Income
The median weekly household income was $1,714, above the national median of $1,438.
 

Housing
71.1% of private dwellings were family households, 23.6% were single person households and 5.3% were group households. Of occupied private dwellings in Ryde, 44.2% were flat or apartments, 43.9% were separate houses and 11.3% were semi-detached.

Notable residents
 

Bennelong

One of the most notable Indigenous Australians, who served as a link between the colony at Port Jackson and the Eora people, is buried in present-day Putney

Laura Forster

World War I surgeon and nurse who was born in Ryde

Karen Moras

Olympic bronze medallist in swimming and world record holder, was born in Ryde in 1954

John Robertson

Former Leader of the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales and the Leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2014.

Maria Ann Smith

Credited with producing the Granny Smith apple lived in Eastwood and is buried in Ryde.

James Squire

Convict brewer, who is claimed to have created Australia's first commercial brewery

Hayden Turner

Zookeeper and TV presenter

John Watkins

The former Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister for Transport and Finance in NSW

Iggy Azalea

Australian rapper born in Ryde Hospital


 

 

 

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