Woollahra, New South Wales

Woollahra, New South Wales

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

caption = Phoenix Hotel, Moncur Street
lga = Municipality of Woollahra
est =
postcode = 2025
pop =
area =
propval = [http://www.domain.com.au/public/SuburbProfile.aspx?mode=buy&searchterm=Woollahra $1,604,000] (2007)
stategov = Vaucluse
fedgov = Wentworth
near-nw = Edgecliff
near-n = Double Bay
near-ne = Bellevue Hill
near-w = Paddington
near-e = Bondi
near-sw = Moore Park
near-s = Centennial Park
near-se = Bondi Junction
dist1 = 5
dir1 = east
location1= Sydney CBD

Woollahra is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Woollahra is located 5 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Woollahra. The Municipality of Woollahra takes its name from the suburb but its administrative centre is located in Double Bay. Woollahra is famous for its quiet, tree-lined residential streets and village-style shopping centre.


Woollahra is an Aboriginal word meaning "camp" or "meeting ground" or "a sitting down place". It was adopted by Daniel Cooper (1821-1902), the first speaker of the legislative assembly of New South Wales, when he laid the foundations of Woollahra House in 1856. It was built on the site of the old Henrietta Villa (or Point Piper House). Cooper and his descendants were responsible for the establishment and progress of the suburb and its name was taken from the house. [Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.273]

Commercial Area

Among the cafes and restaurants are a number of antique shops and art galleries. The suburb is also the location of many government consulates, including Serbia, Germany, Russia, Poland and Turkey.


One of the more prominent churches, All Saints in Ocean Street, was designed by Edmund Blacket and built from 1874-1881. The church was never entirely finished; it includes a porch that was meant to be a base for a tower and spire, which was designed but never built. It is constructed predominantly of dressed sandstone and is now listed on the Register of the National Estate. It has been described as "a beautifully designed and crafted parish church that has important connections with many famous Australian families." [The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p. 2/138]

A stylistic contrast is provided by the Holy Cross Church in Adelaide Street. This brick church was designed by Austin Mackay and built in 1940. It is a rarity insofar as it is an Art Deco church, which is unusual enough, and it also shows the influence of Dutch architecture. [Sydney Architecture, Graham Jahn (Watermark Press) 1997, p.141]


Woollahra is an affluent suburb of Sydney, due in part to the proximity to the city and views of Sydney Harbour. It features some very prominent addresses, such as those on Moncur Street, Queen Street and Jersey Road.


Woollahra Public School opened in 1877.

Culture and Events

Queen Street Fair

In the 1970s, there was a fair held in Queen Street. Initially a community fair, it grew and became more commercial until local residents became unhappy with the noise and size and it was ceased in the early 1980s.


External links

* [http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@census.nsf/Lookup2001Census/059ABD254ECC9884CA256BBE00837E71 2001 Census Information]

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