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Annandale is a suburb of Inner West Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Annandale is located within 3-5 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the Municipality of Leichhardt.[1] Annandale\'s northern end lies on Rozelle Bay, which is on Sydney Harbour. Glebe lies to its east, Lilyfield and Leichhardt to its west and Stanmore to its south.


Major George Johnston (1764‚Äď1823) captained a ship of the First Fleet, which brought convicts to Australia from England. He was granted 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land in the area around Annandale and Stanmore, which became known as Johnston\'s Bush. He later renamed it Annandale after his birthplace Annan in Scotland, United Kingdom. His name is remembered in Johnston Street, Johnston Lane, Johnstons Creek and Johnstons Bay.[2] Johnston and his wife Esther Abrahams, one of the convicts on the ship, farmed the property with their children. They built a fine residence called Annandale House in 1799, some distance back from Parramatta Road. It was demolished in 1905, but the gatehouse still stands in Johnston Street on the grounds of Annandale Public school. His son Robert inherited the estate, but in 1877 sold it to John Young, who was a businessman, architect and mayor.

Young began turning the Johnston estate into an attractive suburb by building a number of picturesque houses. One of those houses was Kenilworth, with a \"witch\'s cap\" style of roof common to that period of architecture, which Young rented to Henry Parkes, father of Federation and former Premier of NSW. Kenilworth was sold for $3.35 million in 2007.[3] Other houses in the group were The Abbey, Oybin, Rozelle (now demolished), Greba, Hockingdon, Highroyd and Claremont (now demolished).[4] Some of the houses are popularly known as \"witches houses\" because their towers resemble witches\' hats. Highroyd was given a major restoration which took twenty years and was completed in 2009. The restoration was supervised by heritage architect David Springett and led to Highroyd being nominated for the heritage category of the Australian Institute of Architects New South Wales awards in 2009.[5]

Of the various houses in this group, The Abbey is the most notable. Built by John Young, The Abbey has been described as a stone Gothic Revival mansion, modelled on Scottish manors. Young gave his imagination a free rein and the house incorporates gables, arches, gargoyles, lions, quatrefoils, chimneys, turrets, a cloister and a tower with copper cladding (it was rumoured that Young may have stolen gargoyles from St Mary\'s Cathedral, which he built, but there was no proof). Young was the highest ranking Mason in Australia and The Abbey incorporates Masonic themes. It is possible that the building may have been used by Young as a Masonic Lodge. After Young\'s death, The Abbey was occupied by a series of tenants, who subdivided the house to create flats and flatettes.


A new owner acquired the house in 1959 and restored it. It is now on the Register of the National Estate.[6] Following the death of this owner, the contents of the Abbey were auctioned over the weekend of 23‚Äď4 May 2009.[7] The house itself was sold for A$4.86 million on 7 November 2009, setting a record residential price for the Annandale area. The selling agent had been hoping for a price of A$5 million, but despite a crowd of 200 people attending the on-site auction, there were only two bidders. The auction itself took nearly an hour to complete, as one bidder regularly engaged in disputes with the auctioneer over the conduct of the auction.[8]

Another home in the area was Kentville, which was built as John Young\'s home, in a three-hectare garden setting adjacent to Rozelle Bay. The land was bought by Young in 1877, and included a cottage built by Robert Johnston. Young enlarged the cottage and named it Kentville after his home county in the UK. He also built a bowling green on the land and opened it to the public. Young hoped that the Annandale area would be fine enough to rival places like Darling Point, but was unable to prevent the growth of industries or the subdivision of lots. He died in 1907. The land was subdivided in the late part of the 19th century and more so after Young\'s death. Since then it has undergone a number of social transformations, from factory floors, migrant stop off, ageing population, to now young families and modern small and micro businesses.[9]

Young was an alderman on the Leichhardt Borough Council from 1879, and mayor that year and in 1884-85. Returning in 1891 from travels in Europe and Asia, Young led a secession movement resulting in the incorporation of the Annandale Borough Council.[10] The Municipality of Annandale was incorporated on 2 January 1894 and merged into the Municipality of Leichhardt in 1949. The Annandale Council Chambers are now the home of the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre.[11]

Johnston Street, completed in 1888, is notable for being the first 30 metre (100 ft) wide street in Sydney



Annandale has many heritage listed buildings including \'Grant Leigh\' on Johnston Street which is classified by the National Trust. The following buildings are also listed on the Register of the National Estate:[6]



  • Annandale Public School at 25-31 Johnston Street and Annandale ¬†¬†¬†¬† North Public School at 198 Johnston Street are both on the Register of the ¬†¬†¬†¬† National Estate.[6]

  • St Brendan\'s Catholic School is at 34 Collins Street.



Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, designed by Cyril and Arthur Blacket (listed on the National Estate)




  • The Annandale Hotel is a popular live music venue for rock/indie ¬†¬†¬†¬† bands. Live At The ¬†¬†¬†¬† Annandale is an album recorded at the Annandale Hotel by ¬†¬†¬†¬† American punk rock band The Bronx. Isis released a DVD of their full ¬†¬†¬†¬† performance at the Annandale Hotel from 2005.

  • Trafalgar Studios was where many influential bands of the 70-80s in ¬†¬†¬†¬† Sydney recorded their albums at 74b Trafalgar Street. Artists who recorded ¬†¬†¬†¬† here included Cold Chisel,[18] Radio Birdman, INXS, Died Pretty, Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly. ¬†¬†¬†¬† Trafalgar Studios later became Electric Avenue, then home to Christian ¬†¬†¬†¬† music label Emu Music. In August 2008 the property was offered for sale. ¬†¬†¬†¬† Plans for demolition of the studio were put to council in June 2010 and ¬†¬†¬†¬† are facing community opposition.[19]

  • Australian music label Didgeridoo Records is located in Annandale.

  • The band Sparkadia originated ¬†¬†¬†¬† from Annandale.

  • Cold Chisel ¬†¬†¬†¬† guitarist Ian Moss lives in Annandale.

 Pop culture

  • American author, Mark Twain, stayed ¬†¬†¬†¬† in Johnston Street, in the home of Sir Henry Parkes toward the end of Parkes\' ¬†¬†¬†¬† life, according to Bill Bryson in his ¬†¬†¬†¬† \'Down Under\' book.

  • Booth Street, one of the main streets of the suburb, is a song by ¬†¬†¬†¬† popular local band Youth Group on ¬†¬†¬†¬† their debut album Urban and Eastern (2000).

  • Sydney band Seventeen (featuring members of Smudge and 2 Litre Dolby) have a song called ¬†¬†¬†¬† Annandale on their 1999 album Gaggin For It.


Buses are the primary mode of public transport in Annandale. The major bus corridor is along Booth St, through the middle of the suburb. This corridor is served by the 470 (operating between Lilyfield and the city) and the 370 (between Leichhardt and Coogee via St Peters). A large number of bus routes (413, 436, 438, L38, 439, L39, 440, 461, 480, 483 & m10) operate along Parramatta Rd at the southern border of the suburb. These all service the city, with the m10 continuing to Maroubra Junction. In the north east of the suburb, the 433 operates along The Crescent between the city and Balmain.[20]

The Rozelle Bay stop on the Metro Light Rail is located in the north of the suburb. Trams operate between Central Station and Lilyfield via Pyrmont, with an extension to Dulwich Hill planned.

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  • Suburb:Annandale
  • Postcode:2038
  • Municipality:Municipality of Leichhardt
Address Suburb Sold Date Bed Bath Car Sale Price
162 Albion Street ANNANDALE 24-04-2018 2 1 1 $1,285,000 View Property
30 Johnston Street ANNANDALE 5-12-2011 4 2 1 Undisclosed View Property
202 Annandale STREET ANNANDALE 22-11-2009 2 1 2 Undisclosed View Property
33/29-31 Johnston STREET ANNANDALE 15-11-2009 2 1 2 Undisclosed View Property
53 Breillat STREET ANNANDALE 18-10-2008 2 1 0 $685,000 View Property
Address Suburb Leased Date Bed Bath Car Lease Price
21/170 Nelson Street ANNANDALE 2-07-2018 1 1 0 Undisclosed View Property
2/164 Annandale Street ANNANDALE 10-04-2018 1.5 1 0 Undisclosed View Property
8/43 Johnston Street ANNANDALE 15-03-2018 2 1 0 Undisclosed View Property
3/164 Annandale Street ANNANDALE 3-03-2018 1 1 0 Undisclosed View Property
5/2 Piper Street ANNANDALE 24-02-2018 2 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
11/269 Trafalgar Street ANNANDALE 13-02-2018 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
48 View Street ANNANDALE 14-12-2017 3 2 0 Undisclosed View Property
13/44 Collins Street ANNANDALE 7-07-2017 2 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
162 Albion Street ANNANDALE 20-02-2017 2 1 1 $710 pw View Property
5/43 Johnston Street ANNANDALE 1-02-2017 2 1 0 $570 pw View Property
13/44 Collins Street ANNANDALE 17-12-2016 2 1 1 $540 pw View Property
48 View Street ANNANDALE 11-11-2016 3 2 0 $850 pw View Property
5/43 Johnston Street ANNANDALE 29-07-2016 2 1 0 $560 pw View Property
1/43 Johnston Street ANNANDALE 19-12-2015 2 1 0 $560 pw View Property
13/44 Collins Street ANNANDALE 14-10-2015 2 1 1 $540 pw View Property