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Strathfield is an Inner West suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Strathfield is located 14 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of the Municipality of Strathfield. Much of the suburb north of the railway line sits in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay, while the area east of The Boulevarde, sits within the Burwood Council. North Strathfield and Strathfield South are separate suburbs, to the north and south respectively.
Strathfield was originally named 'Redmire' (later Redmyre), which was name of the large estate on which much of the suburb is built. The 'Redmire Estate' was land first granted to James Wilshire in 1808 and later the property of wealthy ex-convict Samuel Terry, who named the land 'Redmire' after his birthplace in England. The first property "Seven Oaks Farm" was built in 1868 on the Redmire Estate. Strathfield was adopted in 1885, when the Council of the Municipality of Strathfield was incorporated. The name 'Strathfield' was the name of one of the large homes of the local area. Today, Strathfield is a prestigious and sought after suburb. Many wealthy families have built their lives in the suburb, attracted by the leafy environment and proximity to Sydney city.
Strathfield is known as a regional centre for education and Strathfield railway station is a major transport hub. Strathfield town centre contains Strathfield Plaza shopping centre and a small strip of shops, restaurants, cafes and a Police shopfront.
Churches located in Strathfield include St Marthas Catholic Church, St Davids Presbyterian Church and St Annes Anglican Church.
Strathfield’s residential landscape is extremely varied, ranging from country-style estates to high-rise apartments. Many styles of architecture have been employed over past decades, with dwellings having been constructed in Victorian, Federation, Interwar period architecture, Californian Bungalow and contemporary periods.
According to the 2006 census, Strathfield had a total population of 20,482 people. It has become one of the most culturally-diverse suburbs in Sydney, particularly so in the high-density housing regions around Strathfield railway station. Overall 51.5% of people were born overseas, with migrants born in South Korea (8.6%), China (8%), India (7.8%), Hong Kong (2.6%) and Sri Lanka (2.4%). Of residents born in Australia, only 22% have Australian parents. Overall, common ancestries (by country of birth of parents) include China (18%), UK (8.3%), India (7.8%), Italy (5.6%), Lebanon (4.8%), Ireland (4.6%) and Greece (2.7%).
Whilst perhaps not boasting the significant cultural contributions of neighbouring Burwood (the suburb in which The Easybeats and AC/DC were formed and cricketing legend Don Bradman was married), Strathfield has made a contribution to Australia's cultural landscape. Strathfield has made an impact on the indie rock and indie pop scene, producing bands such as Prince Vlad & the Gargoyle Impalers, The Upbeat, Lunatic Fringe, The Mexican Spitfires and Women of Troy. It has also inspired pop songs such as The Mexican Spitfires's song "Rookwood" about Rookwood Cemetery and the legendary Blitzkrieg punk rock of Radio Birdman's classic mid-1970s "Murder City Nights" in which the quietly domestic Woodward Avenue, Strathfield features prominently in the lines