Small inner-west suburb named after the district in London. Becoming an industrial and residential suburb after the railway came through in 1884, it was partially depopulated by the aircraft noise of Sydney Airport during the 1990s.
Sydenhamby Chrys Meader, 2008
Part of the rich lands of the Cadigal people, Sydenham was late to develop because of the Gumbramorra Swamp which covered most of the western part. It grew into a thriving industrial and workers' suburb with a few large villas, but was gutted in the late twentieth century by the effects of aircraft noise from Sydney Airport. The demolition of 152 houses created Sydenham Green, a large park.