Petersham is located 6 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. It was named by the Lt. Governor, Major Francis Grose, after the English village where he lived prior to his Australian posting.
Its nickname is "Little Portugal" owing to its many Portuguese restaurants, cafés, delicatessens, pastry shops and takeaways where you can obtain a range of delights including traditional Portuguese style chicken and delicious Portuguese tarts. Indeed Petersham is renowned throughout Sydney for the authentic Portuguese flavour of its cuisine.
Adding to the Portuguese theme is a contemporary mural in Audley Street, made from traditional Portuguese hand painted tiles. The mural was made by artist Luis Geraldes in 2003 and is titled Fragile World in Constant Expansion.
Petersham railway station is an item of architectural interest. The old station building built in 1886 is listed on the Register of the National Estate and there is an ornate iron pedestrian bridge linking the platforms and the adjoining streets.
Public transport to Petersham is frequent. The buses stop on the main streets and the railway station is only a few minutes walk from the centre.
Bairro Português Food & Wine Fair – March
The Bairro Português Food & Wine Fair is held every year in March in Audley and Fisher Streets. This vibrant street festival features contemporary and traditional Portuguese-themed entertainment, as well as food, wine and information stalls.
Petersham is served by a number of bus routes. The L28, 428, 445 and 412 buses travel through Petersham. The 412 and 445 buses stop at Petersham station to connect with railway services.
Petersham railway station is served by "all stops" trains on the T2 Airport, Inner West & South Line. There are frequent services from the Sydney CBD and the western suburbs.
Visit the Dictionary of Sydney to read about Petersham's history:
The Petersham Urban Centre Committee is a group of dedicated local business people who work with Council to promote Petersham. The committee coordinates events which encourage people to visit and shop in Petersham, supports local business operators and advises Council about matters of importance to the business community.
Committee members, who are all volunteers, meet regularly in Petersham. Local business owners/operators and commercial property owners in the Petersham special rate levy zone are encouraged to get involved. Members of the Committee will be happy to speak with any prospective business operator or resident who would like to gain some local knowledge
Alternatively contact Council's Economic Development Unit on:
Business owners and operators are also encouraged to join the Marrickville Business Association which represents the business community of the entire Marrickville local government area.
Please visit the website at www.marrickvillebusiness.com.au for more information.