Did you know that Ryde is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Ryde? Or that it is located 13 km north-west of Sydney’s central business district? These are just some of the interesting things about Ryde NSW that you probably didn’t know. In this blog post, we will explore numerous facts about this suburb that will intrigue and amaze you!

What Aboriginal country is Ryde?

Ryde is located in the Aboriginal country of the Wallumedegal people. The Wallumedegal people were part of the larger Eora nation and their territory stretched from what is now Parramatta to Lane Cove.

The land was originally called Wallumatta by the Aboriginal people, but when the first ten grants were given out in 1792, it was renamed Eastern Farms. A few years later, the name had changed again to Kissing Point.

Until 1887, the route from Ryde to Parramatta was known as Kissing Point Road, after which it became Victoria Road. The name Ryde has been in use since the 1840s and was formalized as the municipality’s name in 1870.

As of 2016, 430 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were living in Ryde.

The Wallumai Wind Sculpture

Why is Ryde called Ryde?

Ryde is called Ryde because it was named after the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It’s possible that it adopted its name from G.M Pope, who originated from Ryde and eventually settled down in the area where he opened up “Ryde Store”.

How many people live in Ryde NSW?

129,773 people live in the City of Ryde based on the 2021 estimated resident population. This equates to a population density of 3,205 persons per square kilometre. It has a land area of 40.49 square kilometres.

How many houses are in Ryde NSW?

Based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Australian Census, there are 55,738 houses in Ryde NSW. There are 129,123 people living in these dwellings which equates to an average household size of 2.47.

60 houses will be built in 2022-2023

So far, for the 2022-2023 financial year, there are 60 residential dwellings approved to be built. This can give you an understanding of the level of economic activity, employment and investment in the area.

During 2021-2022, 1,135 residential dwellings were approved for building. This was down from 2,237 in 2020-2021 when there was high-demand for trade services such as electricians in Ryde, plumbers, carpenters and general building companies.

Who is the mayor of Ryde NSW?

Jordan Lane is the current Mayor of Ryde. He was elected on 11th January 2022 and at just 27 years of age, is the youngest Mayor in the history of Ryde.

When elected Jordan Lane said “The City of Ryde has been my home for my entire life. I love the people and want to ensure this Council continues to deliver a positive future for all of those who work and live here.”

Jordan Lane - City of Ryde Mayor

How many suburbs are in the City of Ryde Local Government Area?

There are 16 suburbs in the City of Ryde Local Government Area. These include:

  • Marsfield 2122
  • Tennyson Point 2111
  • Ryde 2112
  • Putney 2112
  • North Ryde 2113
  • Melrose Park 2114
  • Meadowbank 2114
  • Macquarie Park 2113
  • Chatswood West 2067
  • Gladesville 2111
  • Eastwood 2122
  • East Ryde 2113
  • Denistone West 2114
  • Denistone East 2112
  • Denistone 2114
  • West Ryde 2114

There are a number of historical buildings

Ryde NSW contains a number of historical buildings that are heritage listed, which basically means the place has been listed as holding heritage significance. Owners of heritage-listed residences are allowed to renovate the bathrooms, laundry or kitchen but the original style of the home must be maintained for the front rooms. The heritage-listed homes in Ryde include:

One of the first shopping centres in Australia

The original Top Ryde shopping centre was built in 1957 and was the first Post War retail mall in Australia that was based on the American model. It was originally an open-air centre with covered walkways and eventually underwent a $100 million redevelopment in 1998.

In this blog post, we have explored some interesting facts about Ryde NSW that you probably didn’t know. From the youngest Mayor to one of the first shopping centres in the country, there is a lot to learn about this suburb! We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed reading and thanks for stopping by.

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