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Local History of Canterbury, NSW

Canterbury is a suburb located in the southwestern part of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The suburb is named after Canterbury, a historic city in Kent, England. Canterbury has a rich and fascinating history, from its early Indigenous inhabitants to its present-day multicultural community.

Indigenous History

The land on which Canterbury now sits was originally inhabited by the Cadigal people, the traditional owners of the Sydney area. The Cadigal people lived in the region for thousands of years prior to European arrival in 1788. They were skilled hunters and fishers, and also had a strong knowledge of the local plants and wildlife, which they used for medicinal purposes.

European Settlement

Canterbury was founded in the 19th century, with the first European settlers arriving in the area in the 1830s. The suburb grew rapidly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with the construction of the railway line and the opening of the Canterbury Hospital.


Canterbury is now known for its diverse community, with a large number of immigrants from different countries living in the suburb. In the mid-20th century, Canterbury became home to a significant number of Greek immigrants, who established businesses and brought their culture to the area.

More recently, Canterbury has welcomed immigrants from a range of countries, including China, Vietnam, and India. Today, the suburb is known for its vibrant multicultural community, with a variety of languages spoken and a wide range of cuisines available.

Sites of Interest

Canterbury has a number of significant historical sites, including the Canterbury Town Hall, a heritage-listed building constructed in 1889. The town hall was originally used for council meetings and other civic events, and today it serves as a community venue for concerts, weddings, and other events.

The Canterbury Heritage Trail is another popular attraction in the suburb. The trail takes visitors on a journey through Canterbury's history, with stops at key historical sites such as the Cooks River, Canterbury Hospital, and the Canterbury Hotel.

History of in Canterbury

Canterbury has a rich and fascinating history, from its early Indigenous inhabitants to its present-day multicultural community. The suburb's heritage and cultural diversity are celebrated by locals and visitors alike, and there are many sites of interest for those interested in exploring Canterbury's past.

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