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Alexandria is an inner-city suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Alexandria is located 4 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. The postcode is 2015.The rough boundaries of Alexandria are Botany Road to the east, Gardeners Road to the south, Mitchell Road and Sydney Park to the west, and Henderson Road to the north. It is approximately 2 km south of Central Station.Transport: Bus, TrainParks: Alexandria Park, Perry Park, Sydney ParkSchools: Alexandria Park Community ParkAlexandria is a largely industrial suburb with medium to high density residential areas. The suburb was once mostly terraced housing, that was demolished for light industrial use and warehousing which continues to this day. Pockets of quiet residential areas remain along the northern boundary of the suburb, adjoining Erskineville and Waterloo. There are some lovely tree lined streets in the Henderson - Mitchell - Copeland Street/Road where you will find tastefully renovated terraced houses. The location and high rental yields make Alexandria a hot investment area.

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HistoryAlexandria was named after Princess Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. The name was also used for the surrounding parish. In 1868, the Borough of Alexandria was formed, after separating from Waterloo. The former Alexandria Town Hall is in Garden Street. Land for the building was acquired in 1879; the building was designed by Ferdinand Reuss Snr and completed in 1881. Major alterations took place over the years, right up to 1928. The building is listed on the State Heritage Register.By 1943, Alexandria was the largest industrial district in Australia, and known as the "Birmingham of Australia", with everything from bricks to aeroplanes manufactured in 550 factories in just 1,000 acres (4.0 km2). The municipality was abolished upon merger into the City of Sydney in 1949, along with Darlington, Erskineville, Newtown, Redfern, Waterloo, Paddington and Glebe.In 1968 the boundaries were changed again and Alexandria was part of a new municipality, South Sydney Council. South Sydney was brought back into the City of Sydney in 1982 and then became separate again under the City of Sydney Act of 1988. In 2004, Alexandria moved back into the City of Sydney, when the City of Sydney was merged with the City of South Sydney.TransportAlexandria is serviced by State Transit Authority Sydney Buses routes to the Sydney CBD. Alexandria is close to two railway lines on theCity Rail network. Green Square railway station, located on the north-eastern fringe, is on the Airport and East Hills line. Erskineville railway station and St Peters railway station are serviced by the City Rail Bankstown Line. Both are within easy walking distance, to the west of Alexandria.Sports and RecreationSydney Park is a large recreational area on the western border. Alexandria Park and McKell Playground are situated on Buckland Street.Tennis courts and a cricket oval are located here. Erskineville Oval is just over the western border. Erskineville Oval is the home ground of the Alexandria Rovers junior rugby league team.A number of popular pubs are located in the suburb including the Alexandria Hotel, Iron Duke Hotel, Buckland Hotel and the Parkview Hotel on Mitchell Road.DemographicsAccording to 2011 Census, the most common ancestries in Alexandria were English 22.7%, Australian 19.2%, Irish 10.6%, Scottish 7.6% and Chinese 5.5%. 60.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.0%, New Zealand 4.0%,China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 2.5%, Ireland 1.4% and Indonesia 1.2%. 74.2% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Cantonese 2.2%, Mandarin 1.8%, Spanish 1.5%, Indonesian 1.1% and French 1.0%. The most common responses for religion in Alexandria were No Religion 39.1%, Catholic 22.6%, Anglican10.3%, Buddhism 3.4% and Eastern Orthodox 2.6%.

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