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Suburb Profile - Pagewood

Pagewood is a suburb in south-eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 8 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district. It is part of the City of Botany Bay.
Pagewood has a mixture of residential and industrial areas.

Pagewood was originally planned as a garden suburb, similar to neighbouring Daceyville. However, it was developed to provide housing after World War I when there was a shortage of land. The new suburb began developing in 1919 as an estate called Monash Gardens. The suburb was named Pagewood in 1929 to honour Alderman F.J. Page of Botany Council.
National Studios was opened in 1935 and for nearly thirty years, Australian and British cinema was produced here.
In 1940, the site was bought by General Motors Holden, which operated a car manufacturing plant until 1981.
In 1960, the council considered changing the suburb name to East Botany. Residents battled to retain the name, particularly since Botany was becoming an industrial area, while Pagewood retained its identity as a mainly residential area.

Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre in Wentworth Avenue was built in the northern part of the suburb on the old Pagewood Bus Depot and part of the former site of the General Motors Holden car manufacturing plant (and totally on the old National Film Studios) and opened in 1987. The remainder of the site was sold to W.D. & H.O. Wills. Eastgardens, which covers the area around the shopping centre, was officially declared a separate suburb in 1999.
Astrolabe Park, in the north corner of the suburb, was named after one of the ships commanded by La Perouse, the French explorer who arrived at Botany Bay just days after the First Fleet in 1788.

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