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About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Sydenham is 11,138, with a population density of 28.83 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Sydenham is bounded by the Melbourne-Bendigo railway line in the north and east, Hume Drive, Burnley Grove and Bungarim Wynd in the south and Calder Park Drive in the west.

Name origin

Sydenham is named after Thomas Sydenham, former British Secretary of State.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, with land used mainly for farming. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s, as expansion moved across from Taylors Lakes. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population increasing nine-fold between 1991 and 2006, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. Growth slowed considerably between 2006 and 2011 as fewer new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Sydenham is a relatively recent residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Delbridge Drive Reserve, Orchid Square Reserve, Overton Lea Reserve, Pioneer Park, Rose Hedge Reserve, Stagecoach Reserve, Aqua Gardens Shopping Centre, Sydenham Community Centre, the Watergardens railway station and numerous schools.