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Incorporated in 1859, Randwick is the oldest municipality in New South Wales and was proclaimed a city in 1990, although it is also considered to be a suburb of Sydney. It’s name is derived from the English village of ‘Randwick’ in Gloucestershire, England, and named by Simeon Pearce, the first Mayor of Randwick. The Randwick City enjoys 25 km of ocean coastline and bayside foreshores, as well as being only 6 km from Sydney CBD.

First settled by Europeans that were made up of wealthy businessmen and the poorer workers seeking employment in local industries and households. Some of the early businesses and services to be established include The Coach and Horses Hotel (1856), Borough Chambers (1862), and St Judes Church (1865).

Edmund Blacket Building - One of the historical buildings on The Prince of Wales Hospital site.
Edmund Blacket Building - One of the historical buildings on
The Prince of Wales Hospital site.

Major attractions and venues in the region include the University of NSW, Randwick Racecourse, Prince of Wales Hospital, Fox Studio, Centennial Park, the Sydney Football Stadium, golf courses and the coastal walkway and beaches.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Randwick City Tourism
c/- 30 Frances Street
Ph: 02 9344 7006
Fax: 02 9344 7006

Sydney Visitor Centre Sydney International Airport

Sydney Visitor Centre The Rocks

Randwick Attractions

University of New South Wales
• One of Australia's largest and prestigious learning institutions, the main campus is across 38 hectares in Kensington, with the other campus at Paddington and ADFA in Canberra. There are campus maps on the site.
National Institute of Dramatic Art
• NIDA • 215 Anzac Parade, KENSINGTON NSW 2033
• Ph: 02 9697 7600 • Fax: 02 9662 7415 • Email
• Part of the UNSW, NIDA also conducts open days and venue tours.
The Spot
• When the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove, an expedition was sent out. Between January and March, 1788, members of the Lapérouse expedition at Botany Bay and the First Fleet at Sydney Cove passed this place on goodwill visits. Their route is followed by parts of Avoca St, Frenchmans Road and Perouse Road, Randwick. Marking the place today is ‘The Spot’, a shopping precinct located in this historical area of Randwick, with a number of cafes, restaurants, art-deco style cinema, other shops and services.
Randwick District War Memorial
• High Cross Park, RANDWICK NSW 2031
• Dedicated to those who died in the wars.
Randwick and District Historical Society Inc
• Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca St (cnr Frances St), RANDWICK NSW 2031 • Ph: 02 9398 9063 • Email
• Founded in 1957 by Nell Pillars and is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who want to maintain the preservation of the local history. The site covers the entire area of Randwick City, including the suburbs Randwick, Clovelly, Gordons Bay, Coogee, The Spot, Lurline Bay, Maroubra, Malabar, Little Bay, La Perouse, Chifley, Yarra Bay, Phillip Bay, Matraville, Pagewood, Kingsford, Kensington and Centennial Park and the former suburbs of Little Coogee, South Kensington, Epsom, Lilyville, Bunnerong, Struggletown, Irish Town and Long Bay.
Randwick Destitute Children’s Asylum
• The Society for the Relief of Destitute Children was founded by Dr Henry Grattan Douglass in 1852, due to concerns for the increasing number of orphans and neglected children in Sydney. Although the original home for the children was in Paddington, the influence of Simeon Pearce led the New South Wales Government of the day to grant the Society 60 acres of land at High Cross, Randwick in May 1856. This with a bequest of £11,000 from the Society’s first medical officer enabled the construction of a building to accommodate 400 children. The Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children was occupied on 28 March 1858. The main sandstone building was designed by the architect Edmund Blacket. A new wing in 1863 was to provide accommodation for a further 400 children.

Catherine Hayes - Hospital Wing of Destitute Children’s Asylum.Catherine Hayes - Hospital Wing of Destitute Children’s Asylum
• During the 1860s, there were numerous outbreaks of infectious diseases among the children of the Asylum. Following the death of 77 children from whooping cough in 1867, a hospital was built from funds donated by the Irish opera singer named Catherine Hayes who had visited Australia, with additional funds raised from other activities. The hospital was designed by Mr Thomas Row, opened on 9th March 1870 and named after Catherine Hayes.

The Prince of Wales Hospital
• In 1915 the New South Wales Government took over the buildings and assets of the Asylum, converting the institution into a military hospital, renamed The Fourth Australian Repatriation Hospital.

The Catherine Hayes building became the nurses home. The former Asylum was to function as a repatriation hospital between 1923 and 1939, then a military hospital during World War Two, and back to being a repatriation hospital in 1945. The facility was then renamed The Prince of Wales Hospital in 1953 and managed as an annex of Sydney Hospital.

With some 216 children dying whilst inmates of the Asylum and most probably buried in the grounds, a project in the mid 1990’s was undertaken to identify the site of these burials. During the construction at the Prince of Wales Hospital, archaeologists retrieved the remains of 174 children who were buried on the site. With seventy bodies excavated and 35 children identified by name, a memorial garden and commemorative signage detailing the history of the Asylum, the names of the children who died there, and the details of the children whose remains were identified is located near the main entrance of the hospital from Barker Street, Randwick.

Source: Archives in Brief 66 - Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children
• State Records New South Wales
 • This archive provides a brief history of the Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children
and identifies the major records.
Source: Destitute Children's Society • Randwick City Council

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Randwick Events

• New South Wales Events
Royal Randwick Racecourse
• Alison Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031
• Ph: 02 9663 8400 • Fax: 02 9662 6292 • Email: online form
• Located only 5 km from Sydney CBD, the Randwick Racecourse has been operating since 1833, becoming regular and organised venue of races in 1859. Today, there are a number of events throughout the year, including the Royal Randwick Warwick Farm, Autumn Carnival, Spring Carnival, Melbourne Cup and the Friday Sunset Racing at Royal Randwick. Check out their racing calendar.

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