Long Gully Bridge viewed from Northbridge
|Area:||2.8 km² (1.1 sq mi)|
|Location:||10 km (6 mi) north of Sydney CBD|
|LGA:||City of Willoughby|
|Federal Division:||North Sydney|
Northbridge took its name from its location, north of a sandstone suspension bridge built in 1892. It was constructed by a team of land developers at a cost of 42,000 pounds and originally known as North Sydney Bridge. The engineer responsible for the construction was J.E.Coyle and the style was Federation Gothic, with medieval motifs as "unexpected embellishments". It has been known as the Northbridge and Cammeray Suspension Bridge but is now called the Long Gully Bridge.
The land where the suspension bridge was built belonged to Arthur Twemlow, a Sydney jeweller. In 1870 he built a two storey house called The Hermitage, on Fig Tree Point, from sandstone quarried on the estate. Transport was a problem in the early days and Twemlow had to sail through The Spit and around Middle Head to Circular Quay, from where he walked to his shop at Sydney Arcade.
Northbridge Post Office opened on 25 November 1920.
Northbridge Plaza is a shopping centre on Eastern Valley Way that features a supermarket, banks, grocers, butchers, bakers, chemists and a range of specialty shops.
Bus routes 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207 & 208 from Wynyard, in the Sydney CBD, travel through Northbridge. A bus stop is located at the major intersection between Strathallen Avenue and Sailors Bay Road.
Northbridge Public School is a non-denominational primary school in the suburb and has been chosen to host many national events, such as the launch of the "Australian of the Year Awards" 2003. The Preparatory School of Sydney Church of England Grammar School is also in Northbridge, as are the school's playing fields. St Philip Neri Catholic School is a Catholic primary school in Northbridge.
Northbridge boasts a fine vantage point over Middle Harbour with the harbourside parks (Clive, Elizabeth And Hallstrom Parks) all offering great views.
- Elizabeth Park: Coolawin Road
- Clive Park: Minimbah Road, has toilets, tables, harbour views, barbecue facilities, swings
- Hallstrom Point Park:Hallstrom Close
- Roche Playground:Roche Lane, barbecue facilities, playground, junior bike track
- Tunks Park: Brothers Avenue, barbecues, playing fields, boat ramp, gym equipment, playground, bush tracks, extensive parking-
- Warners Park:Jack McLure Place, shelters, playground, bowling club, parking
- Bonds Corner Park: A small bike track with two jump lines and a large berm.
Sport and recreationEdit
Northbridge features an 18-hole harbour view golf course, soccer club, sailing club, marina, salt water baths, scout hall, girl guides, tennis courts, parks, ovals, local reserves and bike track. The Bonds Corner bike track was designed and created by the group of friends, who believed Northbridge needed an area that appealed to the increasing bike riding population of the town. The nearby Willoughby Leisure Centre is easily accessible through Small Street or a nearby track.
The Norths Pirates Junior Rugby Union Club is the local village Rugby Club, the former Club being known as Cammbridge Bay. This Club taking its name from Northbridge, Cammeray and Neutral Bay. The Pirates home ground is located at Tunks Park which is below the famous bridge.
The Northbridge Sailing Club (NSC) faces Middle Harbour and can be accessed through Minimbah Road. Partnered with Seaforth Sailing Club, races are held on Sundays. The club offers boat storage, a canteen and a launching pontoon.
Notable residents Edit
As of 2010, several notable Australians live in Northbridge including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former rugby league champions Laurie Daley, Jason Taylor, former Wallabies player Phil Waugh and television journalist Kellie Connolly.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Northbridge (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/SSC11773?opendocument&navpos=220. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, p.188
- ^ A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture, Apperly (Angus and Robertson) 1994, p.120
- ^ http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/constructionmaintenance/majorconstructionprojectssydney/long_gully/index.html
- ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=NSW&country=. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- ^ www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/gallery-e6frex89-1226386749871?page=1
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