Hammondville was established in 1933 and named for the founder, Minister Robert Hammondville who created a settlement in 1933, for families who were made destitute by the Great Depression. Thirty one kilometres from the CBD, it is one of Sydney’s south western suburbs. According to the 2006 Census it has a population of close to 3,000 residents. Between that year and present time there is little doubt that it would have reached or passed that number. The area grew quickly during the seventies and saw increased numbers in the nineties when new houses were built.
Some of the real estate Macquarie Fields in the area has been developed into parks for recreational sports including football, soccer, baseball and cricket. There is a golf club bordering the area and Hammondville has a popular sports club based there. This is all good news for the sporting types, and the children have not been forgotten either with lots of smaller parks containing playgrounds available where they can safely have fun away from roadways. This makes a family day out pleasant and enjoyable as the parents can relax while keeping an eye on the kids. One of the parks, the Lieutenant Cantello Reserve, was named after a pilot who lost his life in a plane crash during the war.
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Hammondville has a post office as well as a medical centre and pharmacy for those needing these services. For special needs children there is also a speech pathologist available. As well as a shopping centre there are a number of local businesses including a butcher, takeaway outlets, hairdresser and beauty salon plus a bottle shop. For anyone who is travelling or just taking a road tour for pleasure, accommodation will be found in neighbouring suburbs as presently there in none available in this locality. At present time there are homes for sale and also available for rental in this suburb, so if you are interested in this area check it out with the real estate people.
The name Glenfield was given to the area by a surgeon after a small village near Leicester in England, even though the suburb is not actually located on the original area so named. Because of the proximity to the Glenfield station the suburb was established under this name in 1881 and the suburb as it now stands is sited 40km south west of Sydney. The history of the area is mainly agriculturally based and many of the roads started out as laneways between farm paddocks. The first school was previously based in a tent beside the railway station but 30 years later was moved to its present site.
Besides the Glenwood Public School, there are three schools that cater for the needs of children with behavioural needs, plus the Glenwood Agricultural High School which originally only admitted male students but nowadays has female students as well. This high school was established to prepare students for farming practices which in the early years was largely male orientated. Early establishments were a Presbyterian Church, a Masonic Lodge and a Post Office which began mail services in 1899. In 1911 Glenfield was just a small village with 170 residents, increasing to 1500 in 1971 and up to 6800 according to the 2006 census. Much of the real estate Ingleburn that was marketed became housing estates established by developers, and consisted of a mix of individual houses and duplexes.
The two main estates, Vista and Panorama included swimming pools, tennis courts, and barbecues for the sole use of the residents of the estates. Security measures for the estates were also provided, and community events put in place to encourage a close knit community within these estates. Glenwood has a shopping centre, which like many other areas, has been affected by the global financial situation leading to some of the businesses facing closure in 2009. Residents and a local member at this time were all upset at the thought of losing a favourite meeting place in this part of their local real estate Sydney. Sadly this is happening in many places and only time will tell when the situation will change.
As well as its own local railway station, there is bus transport servicing the area for those who need it. The Glenfield Railway station also has a free car park with several stories that provides 700 available spaces for commuters. For those who like to dine out or grab a quick bite, there are a number of cafes, restaurants and takeaway shops to choose from. If you are the active type there are also a number of parks that cater for games of cricket, soccer, rugby and baseball, as well as tennis courts, so there is literally something for everyone.