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About Lidcombe

Lidcombe, New South Wales



Lidcombe is a suburb in western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales Australia. Lidcombe is located 14 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Auburn Council.

Lidcombe is one of the upcoming commercial hot spots with big retailers like Costco already present in the area.


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The former Lidcombe Post Office




Samuel Haslam owned various grants beside Haslams Creek from 1804. A railway station called Haslam's Creek was opened in this area in 1859, on the railway line from Sydney to Parramatta Haslam's Creek is sometimes referred to as Haslem's Creek.

Although it had not been intended to construct a station at Haslams Creek, the then owner of the land where the station now stands, Father John Joseph Therry, together with nearby landholders Potts and Blaxland, agreed to pay £700 to enable its construction.

Haslams Creek was the site of the first railway disaster in New South Wales in July 1858 which resulted in two deaths.

When the necropolis opened in 1867 it was known as Haslam's Creek Cemetery. Residents disliked the association with the burial ground and in 1876 the suburb was renamed Rookwood from a title of a novel by William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882). The name of the railway station was changed to Rookwood in 1878 and by the 1880s shops were established in the area. In 1891, the municipality of Rookwood was incorporated. Over time, the necropolis had become known as Rookwood cemetery and by 1898 residents were again agitated about the association of their suburb with the cemetery. In 1913, a new name was suggested to honour the previous mayor Mr Lidbury and the current mayor Mr Larcombe. Syllables from the name of each alderman (Lidbury and Larcombe) were combined to form the name Lidcombe on 1 January 1914. The municipality amalgamated with Auburn local government area in 1949.

A large number of post-WWII European migrants, including a large number of Ukrainians, settled in the area of Lidcombe, and built a number of buildings including a church, 2 halls and 2 schools. Lidcombe is still the cultural centre of the Ukrainian community in Sydney. The population dynamics changed with the influx of Middle Eastern immigrants in the 1960s and 1970s.

The two main streets are John and Joseph, named after the early colonial priest John Joseph Terry.




Lidcombe Railway Station Olympic Park platform

The Gables in East Street




St Joachim Catholic Church Lidcombe on John Street and Mills Street


Saints Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church


St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church (Byzantine style) on Church Street


St Stephen's Anglican Church  on Mark Street


Holy Annunciation - Assumption Russian Orthodox Church on Vaughan Street


Lidcombe Baptist Church on Kerrs Road
Our Lady of the Assumption Armenian Catholic Church on John Street
Pacific Island Christian Church on Martin Street
Christian Church on the corner of Olympic Drive and Vaughan Street
GracePoint Presbyterian Church, on the corner of East and James Stree
St Marks Presbyterian Church in Yarram Street is now closed and for sale

St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church


War Memorial in Wellington Park


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