Arcadia, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||1,305 (2011 census)|
|Location||42 km (26 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
Arcadia is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 42 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Arcadia is in the Upper North Shore region.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Darug people.
Timber cutters opened up the area from 1817 and the early settlements were originally known as Upper, Middle, Lower, North and Little Dural. The name Arcadia was given to a public school that opened in this area in 1895 and was later adopted for the suburb.
According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 1,305 residents in Arcadia. 79.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 5.4%, Italy 2.0% and New Zealand 1.9%. 89.4% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 2.1%, Arabic 1.6% and German 1.0%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 29.1%, Anglican 22.8% and No Religion 19.2%.
Arcadia is a semi-rural suburb, whose only retail is the small cafe/local store called Andy's takeaway. Other commercial developments are restricted to horticulture, stables, 'pet nannies' and fruit/vegetable produce.
Arcadia Road is the main road through the suburb that provides access from Galston and leads north into Bay Road to Berrilee and Berowra Waters. Arcadia Road also links to Cobah Road which leads north to Fiddletown.
- St Benedict's Monastery
- St Columb's Anglican Church
- Vision Valley Conference and Recreation Centre
- Glenacres Nursery
- Valley View Nursery
- Arcadia Community Centre
- Arcadia Public School
Arcadia Public School is the local primary school in Arcadia. Catering for children Kindergarten to Year 6.
A website and a book on the history of Arcadia the suburb and Arcadia Public School was created in 2014 as part of the Arcadia Public School 120th celebrations. The 120th Anniversary committee were the recipients of the "2015 Owen Nannelli Memorial Award" presented by Hornsby Shire Council
In the media
Arcadia Road and houses on Roscommon Road were featured in the Australian movie Tomorrow, When The War Began.
Arcadia Markets are major fundraisers for Arcadia Public School and are held twice a year. The markets are organised by Arcadia Public School's P&C committee and are a highlight for the whole community.
Arcadian Artist's Trail is held in November each year.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Arcadia (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
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- Oxford Companion To Classical Literature, M.C.Howatson (Oxford) 1989
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.5
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Arcadia (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 April 2013.