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Gordon
SydneyNew South Wales
Gordon Pacific Highway.JPG
Gordon Shoping Center, Pacific Highway
Population: 6,006
Established: 1823
Postcode: 2072
Area: 3.79 km² (1.5 sq mi)
Property Value: AUD $1,223,000 (2007)
Location: 16 km (10 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA: Ku-ring-gai Council
State District: Ku-ring-gai, Davidson
Federal Division: Bradfield
Suburbs around Gordon:
West Pymble Pymble St Ives
West Pymble Gordon St Ives
Killara Killara East Killara
Eryldene, McIntosh Street
Remembrance Clock, Pacific Highway
War Memorial and Council Chambers

Gordon is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Gordon is located 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney Central Business District and is the administrative centre for the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Gordon is a locality within Gordon.[1]

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History

It is believed that the suburb was named by Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell to commemorate Sir James Willoughby Gordon, whom he had served during the Peninsular War and was the quartermaster-general in England when the First Fleet sailed to Botany Bay. The suburb of Willoughby also commemorates his name.

Gordon Public School was constructed in 1878 on the Pacific Highway, having been designed by George Mansfield. A Gothic Revival style was used in accordance with the tradition that educational buildings, like churches, were designed in a Gothic style. A second block was added in 1912. The school is one of the few remaining buildings that date back to the pioneering days of northern Sydney. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[2]

Eryldene is a local historic house open to the public noted for its camellia garden, in McIntosh Street. This house was designed for Professor Eben Gowrie Waterhouse by William Hardy Wilson and built circa 1913. The extensive garden is a notable part of the property. House and garden as a whole are listed on the Register of the National Estate.[3] [4]

Transport

Gordon is located on a major transport artery, the Pacific Highway and the intersection of Ryde and Mona Vale Roads which form a link between the northern beaches, Homebush Bay and the St George District and Sutherland Shire.

Gordon railway station is on the North Shore Line of the CityRail network with frequent commuter services. The railway station was built in 1888 and has an important heritage relationship with its landscaped gardens; it has been preserved as an example of an historic Edwardian station. Lifts to the platforms have been a recent addition. A bus stop outside Gordon railway station is a terminus for various routes including those to St Ives, West Pymble and Pymble. These are operated by two different bus companies, Shorelink and Forest Coach Lines.

Commercial area

It has a shopping centre with many shops and restaurants along the Pacific Highway and around Gordon railway station. The administrative buildings for the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council are located in Gordon.

Churches

  • St Johns Anglican Church
  • Gordon Uniting Church
  • Gordon Baptist Church

Schools

  • Gordon East Public School, a primary school on Rosedale Road.
  • Gordon West Public School, a primary school on Ryde Road in West Pymble. This area was previously called West Gordon but became part of West Pymble in 1990. The primary school retained its name because there was another public primary school already called West Pymble Public School.
  • Ravenswood School for Girls, an all-female, kindergarten, primary and secondary independent school

Politics

Gordon is in the Ku-ring-gai local council area which includes Lindfield, Killara, Pymble, Turramurra and St Ives.

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  2. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/33
  3. ^ The Heritage of Australia, p.2/33
  4. ^ "The Eryldene Trust". Collections Australia Network. Commonwealth of Australia. 2008. http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/org/1201/about/. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  

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