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Abbotsford House
Population: 4,946 [1]
Postcode: 2046
Area: 1 km² (0.4 sq mi)
Location: 10 km (6 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA: City of Canada Bay
State District: Drummoyne
Federal Division: Reid
Suburbs around Abbotsford:
Gladesville Gladesville Henley
Cabarita Abbotsford Chiswick
Five Dock Wareemba Russell Lea

Abbotsford is a suburb in the Inner West region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Abbotsford is located 10 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Canada Bay. Abbotsford sits on the peninsula between Abbotsford Bay and Hen and Chicken Bay, on the Parramatta River.[2]


Abbotsford took its name from Abbotsford House, owned by Sir Arthur Renwick. He named his property after Abbotsford House in the United Kingdom, the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.[3]

Aboriginal cultureEdit

Abbotsford was first known by its Aboriginal name Bigi Bigi.[4]

European settlementEdit

The suburb was originally part of Five Dock Farm and when subdivided in 1837, was called Feltham. Sir Arthur Renwick, a doctor, philanthropist and politician built his home here in 1890 and called it Abbotsford House in honour of Sir Walter Scott's home. Renwick sold his property in 1903 to Albert Grace,and in 1918 it became the site of a Nestlé chocolate factory, with the house used initially for chocolate production and later as their administrative offices. Australian poet Henry Lawson did not die in Abbotsford House in 1922, but at the home of Mrs Isabella Bryers at 437 Great North Road, recently demolished.Abbotsford House is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[5]


Sydney Buses run a bus route through Abbotsford and a ferry wharf provides access to Parramatta River ferry services. Electric trams operated to Abbotsford until their replacement by buses in 1954.[6]

Commercial areaEdit

Abbotsford has a small group of shops on Great North Road.

Sport and recreationEdit

Abbotsford Sailing Club and Sydney Rowing Club sit on the Parramatta River, at the end of Great North Road. Abbotsford houses the rowing sheds for Sydney High School, Newington College and MLC School.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Abbotsford (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. 
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.1
  4. ^ Reed, Alexander Wyclif (1969). Place-names of New South Wales, their origins and meanings. Reed. pp. 1, 14. 
  5. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/23
  6. ^ D. Keenan: Tramways of Sydney. Transit Press 1979
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