From Cowpastures to pigs' heads: The development and character of western Sydney

Gabrielle Gwyther


Western Sydney is a region of great diversity and complexity: a patchwork of cultures, language, ethnicity, personal histories, religion, education, income and status. Taking a chronological developmental approach, this paper examines the development of western Sydney, particularly in the postwar period, in an attempt to reveal some of the more oblique foundations contributing to the contemporary character of ‘Western Sydney’ as both a spatial and social signifier of the ‘other’ Sydney.


Western Sydney; urban development; socio-economic issues

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