The name Marrickville comes from the 60 acre ‘Marrick’ estate of Thomas Chalder, which was subdivided in 1855. He named it after his native village Marrick, North Yorkshire, England.
From the 1880s to the 1920s Marrickville grew from a sparsely settled rural area to a densely populated industrial region. Early migration was the backbone of the suburb’s culture as settlers arrived in increasing numbers from Southern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This diverse culture has created a rich melting pot of both exotic foods and clothing, adding much to Marrickville’s character. It has one of the highest percentages of overseas-born population of any local government area in New South Wales.
Many Marrickville homes are freestanding or terraced Victorian houses built in the late 1800s. Others were built in the Federation style in the early 1900s. The 1960s and 1970s saw the demolition of some of the larger homes and low-rise red-brick flats put up in their place. The Greek community has created what is known as the ‘Fedeterranean’ style, where Federation houses are renovated with Mediterranean elements such as white columns, tiling, white and blue paint and Greek statuary.
Places to eat
A stroll along the suburb’s main artery, Marrickville Road brings a vast array of quality eateries and coffee purveyors. Here you can dine cheaply and easily on anything from Chinese, Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Lebanese – the list goes on and it’s what makes this suburb so special.
The southern border of Marrickville adjoins the Cooks River and offers some great waterside cycleways that connect to neighbouring suburbs. There is an abundance of parklands and fitness facilities as well as the home of the mighty Newtown Jets rugby league team, Henson Park.
Schools & education
There are plenty of quality education centres here. Marrickville High School, Marrickville Public School, Marrickville West Primary School, Ferncourt Public School, Wilkins Primary School, St Brigids Catholic School, Casimir Catholic College and St Marouns Catholic College.
Located just 7km from the CBD, Marrickville has its own train station on the Bankstown line and has frequent bus services to the city and west.