Ryde, New South Wales

Ryde is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Ryde is located 13 km north-west of the Sydney central business district and 8 km east of Parramatta. Ryde is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Ryde and part of the Northern Suburbs area. It lies on the north bank of the Parramatta River.

North Ryde, West Ryde, and East Ryde are separate suburbs from Ryde.

SydneyNew South Wales
Ryde civic center
Population26,499 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,732/km2 (9,670/sq mi)
Area7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Location13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Ryde
RegionNorthern Suburbs
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Bennelong
Suburbs around Ryde:
Eastwood Marsfield North Ryde
West Ryde Denistone East Ryde East Ryde
Meadowbank Putney Tennyson Point Gladesville


Ryde was named after the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It may have been adopted from G.M. Pope, who came from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, who settled in the area and opened the 'Ryde Store'.[2]

Originally known by its Aboriginal name Wallumatta, the whole area between Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers became known as the Field of Mars. The name Ryde was used from the 1840s and adopted as the name of the municipality in 1870. The suburb contains the oldest settler's cottage in Australia, Addington, on Victoria Road. Addington was built by the emancipist James Stewart, circa 1800. James Shepherd bought the property in 1810 and added a six-room house to the original sandstone cottage.[3] Addington House, also known as "New Farm", is included on the NSW Heritage Register and the National Trust of NSW.[4]

Other historic buildings in the area include the police station on Victoria Road and Willandra, Willandra Street. The police station, a simple sandstone structure, was designed by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis and built in 1837. Willandra is a two-storey Georgian home built by the Devlin family circa 1845, and more recently used as an art gallery and headquarters for the Ryde and District Historical Society. Both Willandra and the police station are listed on the Register of the National Estate.[5]

In 1892, the public school at 2 Tucker Street was opened. The building, which still survives, is the Infants Department, a two-storey, sandstone building which is heritage-listed.[6]

The cottage Riversdale, in Wade Street, was the home of a well-known riverboat captain by the name of Robert Gascoigne, who lived in the area circa 1900.[7]

As Ryde was located at the top of the hill it also became known as 'Top Ryde'. Ryde Swimming Centre was demolished and rebuilt as Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, and hosted events of the 2000 Olympics.


The majority of services operated from Fort Macquarie and Circular Quay down George St to Broadway and Parramatta Road. In the peak hours and other busy periods, supplementary services operated from Railway Square.

Tram services to Drummoyne and Ryde were serviced by the Rozelle Tram Depot. The service, after departing the depot travelled along the Crescent and Commercial Road (now City West Link Road) in Glebe, turning left onto Victoria Road. It then crossed the Iron Cove Bridge and the former Gladesville Bridge before turning right onto Blaxland Road. It then wound its way along Blaxland Road, behind the site of the current council chambers, terminating near the intersection of Pope and Devlin Street in Ryde.[8]

Heritage listings

Ryde has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Commercial areas

Ryde shopping centre
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre

Top Ryde is an unofficial locality within Ryde, which contains the commercial area of the suburb, centred on the intersection of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road. Top Ryde City is a major shopping centre located on the intersection of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road it includes a Bakers Delight (Baking fresh bread every day from the Scratch). The original Top Ryde shopping centre on this site was the second of its type to be built in Australia.[13]

Top Ryde is the location of the Ryde council office, and library.

2RRR is a community radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting to the Ryde area on 88.5 FM.


The Ryde Bridge links Ryde south to Rhodes, over the Parramatta River. State Transit operate a number of services in Ryde including:

  • M41 - Marsfield via Lane Cove Road
    Hurstville via Campsie
  • M52 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road (limited stops)
    Parramatta via Ermington
  • 287 - Milsons Point via Lane Cove (Weekday AM peak service)
  • 458 - Burwood via Concord Hospital & Strathfield
  • 500 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
  • 501 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road & Pyrmont
    West Ryde
  • 507 - Sydney CBD via Putney and Victoria Road
    Macquarie Centre via North Ryde Shops
  • 515 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Eastwood via Denistone
  • 518 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Macquaire Centre via Denistone East
  • 520 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Parramatta via Ermington
  • 534 - Chatswood

The main closest train station for the access to Ryde is West Ryde railway station which is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.


St Anne's Anglican Church, Church Street and Holy Cross College, Ryde Victoria Road

St annes ryde

Schools in Ryde include government schools such as Ryde Secondary College (formerly Malvina High School) and Ryde Public School, Tucker Street, which is heritage-listed.[6] It also includes a few private schools such as Holy Cross College and Northcross Christian School. The German International School Sydney operated in Ryde from 1992 to 2008 and moved to Terrey Hills in August 2008. [14]

Places of worship

Ryde contains St Anne's Anglican Church, Church Street, which has the grave of Maria Ann Sherwood Smith, in whose orchards the Granny Smith apple was first found. Every year, in the suburb of Eastwood, the Granny Smith Festival is held in her honour. The church was built in 1826 and extended in later years. It was a central feature in the early life of the area and is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[15] Church Street is also the location of Ryde Wesley Uniting Church. C3 Church Ryde is located on Blaxland Road.

Parks and recreation

Santa Rosa Park is located between Quarry Road and Bridge Road. It features a separated pathway for walking and bike riders. Shrimptons Creek runs through the park in a north-easterly direction flowing into the Lane Cove River. The park is used for football and cricket. Gannan Park was once a quarry and brickworks and is accessed from Buna Court, Minga Street and McAuley Park.

Ryde Pool was home to water polo events for the Sydney Olympics, held in 2000. The pool is now owned by Ryde City Council.



At the 2016 census, Ryde recorded a population of 26,499. Of these:[1]

Age distribution 
Ryde residents' median age was 36 years, lower than the national median of 38. Children aged 0–14 years made up 16.7% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.7% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
Ethnic diversity 
48.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 10.3%, South Korea 3.1%, India 3.1%, Italy 2.2% and Philippines 2.0%. Only 13.4% identify their ancestry as Australian. The most common ancestry in Ryde was Chinese at 15.5% with the next most common ancestries being English 14.7%, Italian 6.9% and Irish 5.5%. 47.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 10.0%, Cantonese 5.6%, Korean 3.7%, Italian 3.5% and Armenian 3.2%.
The most common responses for religion were Catholic 27.7% and No Religion 27.6%.
The median weekly household income was $1,714, above the national median of $1,438.
71.1% of private dwellings were family households, 23.6% were single person households and 5.3% were group households. Of occupied private dwellings in Ryde, 44.2% were flat or apartments, 43.9% were separate houses and 11.3% were semi-detached.

Notable residents


(1)Ryde Public School Infants Section

Ryde Public School, Tucker Street

Ryde Police Station

Ryde police station, designed by Mortimer Lewis, located on Victoria Road

Ryde Court House

Court House, Victoria Road

(1)heritage home Ryde

Addington House, c. 1800, Victoria Road


Riversdale, the former home of a Ryde riverboat captain


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ryde (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.234 ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ Parramatta River Walk, Department of Planning, New South Wales, 1989, p.25
  4. ^ "NSW heritage search - Addington House". NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p. 2/63
  6. ^ a b State Heritage Register
  7. ^ Parramatta River Walk, Department of Planning, New South Wales, 1989, p.21
  8. ^ Gregory's Street Directory, 1955, map 72, reference D-13. Map 26 Reference K-16
  9. ^ "Willandra". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00026. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Police Station (former)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Addington House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00033. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Retreat, The". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00506. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Top Ryde City | The Dictionary of Sydney". dictionaryofsydney.org. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  14. ^ http://www.germanschoolsydney.com
  15. ^ The Heritage of Australia, p.2/63
  16. ^ Downie, P. T. (1988). "Schardt, Susan Katherina (1872–1934)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  17. ^ The birth of Iggy Azalea: How a schoolgirl named Amethyst clung to a dream to become a rapper, The Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2014

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Coordinates: 33°48′55″S 151°06′04″E / 33.81528°S 151.10111°E

1843 in Australia

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2RRR is a community radio station based in Ryde in Sydney. It is licensed to cover part of the Lower North Shore suburbs including Ryde, Hunters Hill, Gladesville and Eastwood.

2RRR aims to provide a broadcast facility that encourages community participation and gives a voice to people who are not represented by the mainstream media.

City of Ryde

The City of Ryde is a local government area that services certain suburbs located within the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It was first established as the Municipal District of Ryde in 1870, became a municipality in 1906 and was proclaimed as the City of Ryde in 1992.

The local government area extends from the Parramatta River to the Lane Cove River which encircles the area in the north, and is bounded in the east by the peninsula of Hunters Hill and the City of Parramatta in the west. The City comprises an area of 40.651 square kilometres (15.695 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated population of 116,302.The Mayor of the City of Ryde since 26 September 2017 is Cr. Jerome Laxale, a member of the Labor Party.

Civic Hall

Civic Hall may refer to:

Leeds Civic Hall in Leeds, opened 1933

Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, opened 1938

Galleywood Civic Hall in Wolverhampton

Civic Hall in Ballarat, Victoria, opened in 1956

Civic Hall in Port Lincoln, South Australia

Portland Civic Hall in Portland, Victoria

Rye Civic Hall in Rye, Victoria

Ryde Civic Hall in Ryde, New South Wales

"Civic Hall", a song on the album Magnets by The Vapors

East Ryde, New South Wales

East Ryde is a suburb in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. East Ryde is located 12 kilometers north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Ryde. East Ryde sits on the western bank of the Lane Cove River. East Ryde shares the postcode of 2113 with adjacent suburb of North Ryde though it does not have a Post Office of its own.

Gladesville Ryde Magic FC

Gladesville Ryde Magic Football Club is an Australian semi-professional football club based in North Ryde, New South Wales. The club currently has senior squads competing in the NSW National Premier League 3 and youth squads competing in the NSW National Premier League 2. The club also has a number of junior squads who compete in the Football NSW Skills Acquisitions Program.

Until 2018, the club's home ground was Magdala Park, situated in North Ryde on the leafy Lane Cove River. The 2018 season brought with it the inception of a new home ground, Fortress Magic, at the newly upgraded Christie Park.

Since its establishment, Gladesville Ryde Magic FC has implemented development programs for football players to participate and excel at the highest level possible. The club has a philosophy to incorporate playing systems and development outcomes that create a superior learning environment. They aim to provide the infrastructure and support to allow players to realise the opportunity to experience an enhanced football environment, above that provided in community football.

Holy Cross College, Ryde

Holy Cross College is an independent Roman Catholic secondary day school for boys, located in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, established in the tradition of the Patrician Brothers.

Ian Moutray

Ian Edmund Joseph Moutray (2 July 1936–17 July 2014) was a rugby union player who represented Australia.Moutray, an inside centre, was born in Ryde, New South Wales and claimed 3 international rugby caps for Australia. He was educated at Fort Street Boys High School and graduated from Sydney University. He played club rugby for Drummoyne in an era when it was a leading club.

Ivan Black

Ivan Carlisle Black (6 July 1913 – 8 July 1990) was an Australian politician and a member of the Liberal Party. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1945 until 1962. Black was born in Ryde, New South Wales. He was the son of a mechanical engineer and was educated at Fort Street High School and the University of Sydney. He graduated in Law and was called to the Bar in 1939. During World War 2, Black served with the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve in the English Channel and North Sea. He was a prisoner of war in Germany between 1942 and 1945.

Black was elected to the New South Wales Parliament as the member for Neutral Bay at a by-election caused by the death of the party leader, Reg Weaver. He remained the member for Neutral Bay until 1951 when he resigned to unsuccessfully contest the party pre-selection for the seat of Warringah at the 1951 Federal election. Subsequently he was unopposed at the subsequent by-election for Neutral Bay caused by his own resignation. He was also unopposed at the 1953 and 1959 state elections. Black remained the member for Neutral Bay until his retirement at the 1962 election, despite emigrating to England to establish a legal practice in 1961. He did not hold ministerial or party office.

Lane Cove River

The Lane Cove River, a northern tributary of the Parramatta River, is a tide-dominated, drowned valley estuary west of Sydney Harbour, located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The river is a tributary of the Parramatta River, winding through a bushland valley. It joins Parramatta River at Greenwich and Woolwich, where together they form an arm of Sydney Harbour.

Mark George (Australian cricketer)

Mark Thomas George (born 22 December 1977) is a former Australian cricketer. Thomas was a right-handed batsman who played bowled right-arm fast-medium. He was born at Ryde, New South Wales.

George represented the Kent Cricket Board in a single List A match against Derbyshire in the 2003 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy. In his only List A match, he scored 7 runs and took a single wicket at a cost of 61 runs. His only wicket was that of Dominic Hewson.

Marsden High School

Marsden High School (MHS) is a school located in West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, on Winbourne Street. It is a co-educational high school operated by the New South Wales Department of Education with students from years 7 to 12. The school was established in 1959.

North Ryde, New South Wales

North Ryde is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Ryde is located 15 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Ryde. North Ryde is in the Northern Suburbs region of Sydney.

One of Australia's major business districts, North Ryde is home to many multi-national corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Dimension Data and Honeywell. The suburb is the site of Macquarie University and its residents include those from the university academe and the research sector. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) also has a major site on Delhi Road in the Riverside Corporate Park.

North Ryde shares the postcode of 2113 with adjacent suburbs Macquarie Park and East Ryde. These suburbs were once part of North Ryde and many businesses and residences in these suburbs still advertise their address as being in North Ryde. Adjacent Macquarie University was issued with its own postcode, 2109, by Australia Post in the late 1980s.

North Ryde railway station

North Ryde railway station is located on the Sydney Metro Northwest line, serving the Sydney suburb of North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. It was formerly part of Sydney Trains' T1 Northern Line and then from 26 May 2019, Metro North West Line services.

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

The Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre is an aquatics venue located in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia. The original venue was demolished in November 1998 with rebuilding commencing in April 1999. Rebuilding was completed in April 2000 with opening in May 2000. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, it hosted the water polo preliminaries and the women's semifinals.

Ryde Bridge

The Ryde Bridge, also called the Uhrs Point Bridge, comprising a steel truss inoperable vertical-lift bridge (northbound) that spans the Parramatta River and a concrete fixed-span bridge (southbound), is located west of the central business district of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. The two bridges carry six lanes of the A3 from Ryde in Sydney's Northern Suburbs to Rhodes in Sydney's Inner West.

Ryde Bridge has rarity value at a State level and historical significance locally. Ryde Bridge spans the Parramatta River between Church Street in Ryde (Uhrs Point) and Concord Road in Rhodes, replacing an earlier ferry service between these two points established in the late nineteenth century. It is rare at a state level because it is the only lift span bridge on Sydney Harbour and its tributaries (although the mechanism to operate the vertical lift span has been removed). Ryde Bridge, constructed in 1935, is also a relatively rare example of a steel truss bridge with a lift span in NSW. By the early 1950s, the bascule span was the preferred option for bridges with opening spans, meaning that vertical lift span bridges such as Ryde Bridge were no longer being designed and built. Ryde Bridge has local historical significance because it is located at an important crossing over the Parramatta River, between Ryde and Rhodes, which was one of the narrowest points on the river. Ryde Council initiated the construction of the bridge in order to open up the municipality for suburban development. Thereafter, Ryde Bridge has provided an important transportation route for outer suburbs in the municipalities of Ryde and Hornsby to access Sydney by car.

Ryde Secondary College

Ryde Secondary College is a government-funded co-educational dual modality partially academically selective and comprehensive secondary day school, located in Ryde, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1965 as Malvina High School, Ryde Secondary College caters for approximately 1,000 students from Year 7 to Year 12. It is one of the few schools in New South Wales which takes enrolments for selective students, mainstream students as well as those who need special education (support unit students). Since 2002, the school has undergone major renovation and transformation, with a heavy emphasis on incorporating information technology as part of their curricular structure.

Victor Dominello

Victor Michael Dominello (born 30 July 1967 in Ryde, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales

Minister for Customer Service in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019. Dominello is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Ryde for the Liberal Party since 2008.

He has previously served as the Minister for Finance, Services and Property in the first Berejiklian ministry between January 2017 and March 2019; as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation between April 2015 and January 2017 in the second Baird government; as the Minister for Citizenship, Communities and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs between 2011 and 2015, and the Minister for Veterans Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education between 2014 and 2015, in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments.After a career as a solicitor and local councillor, Dominello was elected to the Parliament of New South Wales following a Ryde by-election triggered by the resignation of his predecessor John Watkins. The by-election saw Dominello receive a two-party swing of 23.1 points. Dominello increased his margin at the 2011 election; however, the margin was reduced to 11.5 points at the 2015 state election.

West Ryde, New South Wales

West Ryde is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. West Ryde is located 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Ryde and is part of the Northern Suburbs area.

Ryde, North Ryde and East Ryde are separate suburbs. The suburbs of Denistone, Denistone West, Meadowbank and Melrose Park share the 2114 postcode with West Ryde.

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