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Darlington is a small, inner-city suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located about 3 kms south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. It is also informally part of the region of the Inner West.
Most of Darlington is built on the terrace house model. This means that undetached, two storey terraces face one another across a small street, often crowded with parked cars. Behind these houses is usually a back lane, of one-car width, or a pedestrian access lane. Back lanes are now generally used for storing garbage bins, dumping general refuse and occasionally access to properties from the rear. The street-lane system affords raked varigated views on both sides, with both sides heavily cultivated by gardeners.
Darlington was historically a suburb of the industrial working class. It has often been used as a student dormitory suburb due to its proximity to the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus. Controversially, the University of Sydney acquired a large number of houses in Darlington in the 1980s and destroyed a significant portion of the suburb to make way for a new Darlington campus. This destroyed much of the historical character of the suburb, and the remains are dominated by the University and University related housing. The only part of the civic centre that remains is the Old Darlington School, which is on the grounds of the University and is used these days by the Music Department, especially the gamelan group. All the records held by the old Darlington municipal council were lost at some point, which makes it difficult research how houses in the area used to look.
Other landmarks include the Eveleigh Railway Yards, which are now defunct. They are located off Wilson Street and are part of the adjacent suburb of Eveleigh. On the north-east border is The Block, a housing area around Eveleigh Street, owned by the Aboriginal community. The Block is an enclave of Redfern, on the Darlington side of the railway line.
Darlington is served by buses on the City Road route and CityRail railway stations at Redfern and Macdonaldtown.
A Little On The Side Café
Cnr Of Boundary St. And Ivy Lane Darlington, NSW
Phone: (02) 9698 7767
Sydney University Sports & Aquatic Centre
Cnr Codrington St Darlington Road, Darlington 2008
Darlington Public School
Darlington Public School is an inner city school servicing the suburbs of Chippendale, Darlington, Redfern and Waterloo. It has a three unit Preschool and is equipped with a school bus collecting children in our local drawing area. Our aim is to provide a safe, happy and caring environment to ensure students, staff and the community have access to a variety of learning experiences enabling them to reach their full potential.
We encourage them to have a positive self image and a belief in their own potential; develop a love of learning through the Information Skills Process using problem solving, communications and decision making; and develop and display attitudes of respect and empathy.
We are supported in our goals by the diverse nature of our community and the many different aspirations the parents have for their children.