Portal:City of Bankstown

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City of Bankstown

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The City of Bankstown is a city and Local Government Area in south-west Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It consists of a number of suburbs including Bass Hill, Greenacre, Georges Hall and Milperra, among others. The City is bounded by the City of Parramatta and Auburn Council to the north, the City of Fairfield and the City of Liverpool to the west, the Sutherland Shire to the south, and the City of Canterbury, the City of Hurstville and the Municipality of Strathfield to the east.

Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia. Home to a large Lebanese community, Bankstown also boasts large populations of Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Slavic migrants. In all, over 60 different languages are spoken. Bankstown is considered as one of the most multicultural areas in the country.

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In 1939 the residents of Bankstown were informed of World War II. Men and women from the district who had been drafted, were required to report for duty at a drill hall located on Canterbury Road, Belmore. Camps were also set up in and around Canterbury Racecourse and local parks in the Canterbury-Bankstown district.

Bankstown Plaza 1946.

Residents with foreign names were sent to internment camps. There was growing suspicion about residents with foreign names. Some of the people who were sent to the camps were Australian citizens who served with the Australian armed forces during World War I.

From March 1942 thousands of American servicemen arrived in Sydney. A large portion of these troops were stationed in Bankstown earning the suburb the nickname ‘Yankstown’. During WWII Bankstown Airport was established as a key strategic air base to support the war effort. After the arrival of Douglas MacArthur in Australia, Bankstown Airport was taken over by the Americans and became home to the US 35th Fighter Squadron and the 41st Pursuit Group of the United States Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces who occupied the airport from 1942 to 1944.

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The Hard-Ons origins can be traced to Western Sydney's Punchbowl Boys High School, where all three band members were students. The multicultural trio of drummer/vocalist Keish De Silva (of Sri Lankan descent), guitar/vocals Blackie (Yugoslavian heritage) and bassist Ray Ahn (Korean ancestry) were initially too young to play gigs in pubs, but honed their skills playing at parties and school dances. After all turning 18 years old, the band made its first 'proper' live debut in June 1984 at Ultimo's Vulcan hotel. [1] Quickly gaining a considerable following, the band released its debut EP (Surfin On My Face) the following year.

Subsequent recordings like Smell My Finger, Dickcheese, Love Is A Battlefield Of Wounded Hearts and Yummy! were well-received by fans and set the blueprint for the 'Hard-Ons sound': messy pop-punk with metal and psychedelia elements. The band also showed their independent punk spirit, with the members deliberately controlling their own careers: recording, booking and promoting themselves, creating their own artwork, choosing support bands and even managing the merchandise desk whilst on tour. These unconventional decisions, combined with songwriting talents, powerful live performances and a healthy sense of humour earned the band a large following in Europe as well as their native Australia.

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A public park on the Hume Highway Bankstown

Did you know?

  • ...that In 1795, Matthew Flinders, and George Bass, and the boy servant William Martin explored the Georges River to land at what is now Garrison Point.
  • ...that During WWII, Picnic Point National Park was the location of a remote receiving station and operations bunker that was owned and operated by the RAAF. This facility was used in conjunction with two other facilities, one of them was located in Bankstown, the Bankstown Bunker and the other facility was a transmitting station located in Johnston Road Bass Hill.
  • ...that Potts Hill, New South Wales is named for Joseph Hyde Potts, an accountant in the Bank of New South Wales, who received a grant of 1,100 acres (4 km2) in 1833. He originally called his property Hyde Park and had increased his holdings to 2,564 acres (10 km2) by 1835.
  • ...that Mount Lewis, New South Wales takes its name from the highest point in the district at Mount Lewis Reserve on Wattle Street.
  • ...that the Aboriginal word Birrong meaning star, was adopted as the suburb's name around 1927,
  • ...that Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia, was a student of De La Salle Bankstown from 1955-1958.
  • ...The suburb of Chullora was originally part of the area known as Liberty Plains, which was land given to the first free settlers who arrived in Sydney Cove on the 6th January 1793.
  • ...that the name Punchbowl is taken from a circular valley, called 'the punch bowl', which is located in the nearby suburb of Belfield at the intersection of Coronation Parade, Georges River and Punchbowl Roads..
  • ...that the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill, New South Wales was home of the track cycling events for the 2000 Summer Olympics


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Suburbs
Bankstown, Bass Hill, Birrong, Chester Hill, Chullora, Condell Park, East Hills, Georges Hall, Greenacre, Milperra, Mount Lewis, Padstow, Padstow Heights, Panania, Picnic Point, Potts Hill, Punchbowl, Revesby, Revesby Heights, Sefton, Villawood, Yagoona.

Education
Bankstown Girls, LaSalle Catholic College, Malek Fahd Islamic School, St Euphemia College, Sefton High School, Southern Cross College.

Sport & rec
Bankstown Oval, Dunc Gray Velodrome, Garrison Point, Georges River National Park, Jensen Oval, McLeod Reserve, Middleton Park, Mirambeena Regional Park, O'Neill Park, Salt Pan Creek, Terry Lamb Complex.

Public transport
Bankstown railway station, Birrong railway station, East Hills railway station, Padstow railway station, Panania railway station, Punchbowl railway station, Sefton railway station, Yagoona railway station.

Sports Teams
Bankstown Berries, Bankstown City Lions, Bankstown City Bulls,
Bankstown RSL Dragons, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs,
Chester Hill Rhinos, Yagoona Lions

World War II
Bankstown Bunker, No. 1 Fighter Sector RAAF,
History of Bankstown during WWII, HMS Nabberley

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