Newtown is Sydney’s inner west suburb just four kilometres from the Central Business District and conveniently located to Sydney’s mobile storage facilities. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Newtown’s residents are mostly young with the average age being 32 years. Local grocery store owners John and Margaret Webster named their store “New Town Stores” which was close to the Newtown railway station stands. The name New Town was adopted by the residents, initially unofficially and later officially but as Newtown.
King Street developed in the late 19th century into a booming retail precinct. The area was populated with factories, workshops, warehouses, commercial and retail premises of all types and sizes. Several major industries were established in the greater Newtown area including the Eveleigh rail workshops, the IXL jam and preserves factory in the north.
King Street is often referred to as "Eat Street" because of the number of cafés, pubs and restaurants in the area. Newtown restaurants have an array of cuisines, including Balinese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, African, French, Turkish, Sri Lankan, Lebanese and both traditional and modern Australian.
Interesting facts about Newtown
Alderman Lilian Fowler was the first woman Mayor in Australia. She was elected as an Alderman for Newtown Council in 1928 and became the first female alderman in NSW. In 1938 she was elected Mayor of Newtown.
The AC/DC band met, formed and rehearsed in Newtown in the 1970s in a building on the corner of Wilson and Erskineville Road Newtown. The band members then were Malcolm and Angus Young, Colin Burgess, Larry Van Kriedt and Dave Evans.
Another famous Australian, author and poet, Henry Lawson, lived in Newtown in the 1890s.
Newtown is rich in history with several heritage listed buildings.
Trocadero, a former cinema, event venue, dance hall, roller skating rink, motor workshop, and music venue was designed by Albert F. Myers and William P. Hendry Architects and built by Fallick Murgatroyd. It is also known as Trocadero Hall and the Properts Building.
The Trocadero is a rare example of a purpose-built ornate roller-skating rink of the late 1880s. At the time it was built it was also believed to be the largest and most elegant rink in Australia. The wrought iron roof trusses over the rink are very fine, elegant and represent the development of iron and steel technology in the late 19th century. The operable roof over the clerestory is considered extremely unique and rare in Australia. The building is an example of a Victorian Flemish style commercial building with free style Gothic details.
From around 1920 it was owned by the Grace Brothers, and several sections were leased out as shops or accommodation. The shopfront on the northern side of the building housed Maurice's Lebanese Restaurant, commemorated in John Kennedy's "On King Street, I'm A King". The building was purchased by Moore Theological College in 1974, and from 1981 to 1994 it was home to Con Dellis’ used furniture store. Moore College, returned this outstanding 19th-century building, including its elaborate Flemish-style facade, to its former glory.
St Stephen's Anglican Church also a heritage-listed Anglican church designed by Edmund Blacket and built by George Dowling and Robert Kirkham is in Newtown.
The Women's College building is the heritage-listed building was designed by architects Sulman & Power and built from 1892 to 1924, with Bignell and Clark responsible for part of the initial construction. Another heritage listed construction in Newtown is the Newtown Tram Depot.
The Athena School
Australia Street Infants
Camdenville Public School
Newtown North Public School
Newtown Public School
St Pius Primary School
The University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education provides adult education and is open to the general public. Share houses are a convenient way to save while you study in Newtown but if you have way too much stuff and no place to store them, then a mobile storage unit should solve your problem. SmartBox’s storage rates are reasonable. Check out their website.
Transit Systems operate buses to Newtown. The trams were replaced by buses. Buses 422, 426, 428 follow the old tram routes that run along King Street and Enmore Road to the city and to Tempe, Dulwich Hill and Canterbury, respectively. Service 423 the city to Kingsgrove via Newtown was subsequently added. There is also the 352 service that goes east through Surry Hills, to Bondi Junction and the 370-service running north to the University of Sydney and Leichhardt and south-east to the University of New South Wales and Coogee.
Metrobus route M30, connecting Taronga Zoo and Sydenham via the city also runs through Newtown. This suburb’s rich heritage, vast array of restaurants with diverse cuisines and its proximity to the city make it a popular residential spot. If you are overwhelmed with insufficient space in your home or office, you could use SmartBox to store the excess. These mobile storage units are convenient and affordable. All you need to do is call us on 1300 880 800 and we will deliver a storage unit to your door. Stack it, lock it up and call us to collect it and store it securely for you.