A short hop from City Central, Waterloo consisted of sandhills and marshlands at the beginning of European settlement. Today Waterloo is an established residential and industrial area which has experienced recent redevelopment. Waterloo – Zetland is bounded by Boundary Street, Phillip Street and Crescent Street in the north, South Dowling Street in the east, Epsom Road in the south and Botany Road in the west. Waterloo is named after the Battle of Waterloo. Zetland is named after a former estate in the area, which was named after the Earl of Zetland.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, when several industries were established. Growth was minimal until the early 1900s. Most of the area stayed in the ownership of one family during the 1800s, and was not made available for residential development until the interwar period. Post-war growth was spurred by the construction of public housing estates. The population was relatively stable during the 1990s, and then almost doubled between 2001 and 2006, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. Recent growth is due largely to redevelopment, particularly in the Green Square Urban Renewal area.
The area boasts a rich social history and public housing community, and in recent years the transformation of Danks Street has added an arts hub and foodie’s haven saturated with art galleries, hip furniture showrooms, gourmet cafes and ethical food stores. Major features of the area include Royal South Sydney Health Complex, Waterloo Town Hall, Crown Square Shopping Plaza, Waterloo Park and two schools.
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