Erskineville, New South Wales

Erskineville, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Erskineville
city = Sydney
state = nsw

caption = Bridge Street, Erskineville
lga = City of Sydney
postcode = 2043
pop =
area =
est =
propval = [ $967,250] (2007)
stategov = Heffron, Marrickville
fedgov = Sydney
dist1 = 3
dir1 = south
location1= Sydney CBD
near-nw = Newtown
near-n = Macdonaldtown
near-ne = Eveleigh
near-w = Newtown
near-e = Alexandria
near-sw = St Peters
near-s = Alexandria
near-se = Alexandria

Erskineville is an inner-city suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Erskineville is located about 3 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. Erskineville is informally part of the region of the Inner West, but is also more correctly considered to be part of the Inner City because of its close proximity to the city. Erskineville is colloquially known as "Erko".

Erskineville is bordered by the suburbs of Newtown to the west, Eveleigh to the north, St Peters to the south, and Alexandria to the east. The locality of Macdonaldtown sits over the north-west border.

Erskineville is a residential suburb with a village-type atmosphere. It has a small shopping strip around the railway station and several popular pubs including the Rose of Australia, the Imperial Hotel and Erskineville Hotel. Erskineville is a popular location with residents because of its close proximity to the city, cafes and village atmosphere. These features also make real estate expensive in this area, considering the small size of most properties. Erskineville Oval is located on the eastern border of the suburb.


The area was originally part of the suburb of Macdonaldtown. Erskineville is named after "Erskine Villa", the home of Wesleyan minister, Reverend George Erskine, built in 1830. After changing owners a few times, the property was eventually left to the Church of England and became the rectory for the Holy Trinity Church at Macdonaldtown. In 1893, the Borough of Erskineville was created. Eventually the rest of Macdonaldtown was absorbed into the adjacent suburb of Newtown. [ "The Book of Sydney Suburbs", Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 102 ]

In the late nineteenth century the inhabitants were originally market gardeners, though brick making and tanning became dominant industries by the end of the nineteenth century. The Victorian cottages and small rows of Victorian terraces that dominate the built form of the suburb were the homes of the workers in these industries, which helps explain how small they are - a four metre wide terrace is large by Erskineville standards.

In the early twentieth century manufacturing in the area diversified, and Erskineville became a resolutely working class inner city suburb, with a proud history of resistance, and a less proud history of street violence. After World War II, Greek and later Yugoslav migrants found it an affordable place to settle, near the city. Fact|date=December 2007From the 1970s, Erskineville underwent gentrification with new residents attracted to the village atmosphere, the excellent public transport links (three railway stations on two different lines within walking distance) and the proximity to Newtown. The gay and lesbian community were part of the first wave of gentrification and are still a component of the community. As the terrace houses were renovated, the narrow streets were cobbled and speed-bumped and an urban forest of plantings grew in the streets and pocket parks. Fact|date=December 2007


Erskineville railway station is on the Bankstown line of the City Rail network. Towards the city the stops are: Erskineville, Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Circular Quay, Wynyard and it takes around 5 minutes to reach Central Station. Newtown railway station and Macdonaldtown railway station are also within close walking distance. Buses provide a service from Marrickville Metro shopping centre at Marrickville to Surry Hills.

Popular culture

* The Imperial Hotel at Erskineville is the famous drag show pub featured in the movie "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert").
* Erskineville and the Inner West area were featured in the indie film, "Erskineville Kings", one of the last projects that Hugh Jackman worked on before he was offered the role of Wolverine in "X-Men", henceforth becoming a Hollywood movie star.
* Famed retro hard rock band Wolfmother was raised and formed here.


Notable residents

* Paul Mac, musician and DJ. the Dissociatives
* Daniel Johns, silverchair and the Dissociatives
* Natalie Imbruglia, former wife of Johns, singer and former actress
* Wolfmother, Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross came from Erskineville [ SMH article on Inner West musicians]

ee also

*Dawn O'Donnell
*Newtown area graffiti and street art


External links

* [ Ashmore Precinct Renewal Project]

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