Distance to CBD:

9 km



South Coogee is a coastal suburb in south-eastern Sydney, located 9 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Randwick and part of the Eastern Suburbs region.  Coogee is a separate suburb to the north. South Coogee is surrounded by the suburbs of Coogee, Kingsford and Maroubra.

Coogee is said to be taken from a local Aboriginal word koojah which means "smelly place", or "stinking seaweed", a reference to the smell of decaying kelp washed up on the beach. Although at certain times large quantities of seaweed are still washed up, it is usually removed before it gets a chance to stink.

Early visitors to the area, from the 1820s onwards, were never able to confirm exactly what "Coogee" meant, or if it in fact related to Coogee Beach. Another name, "Bobroi", was also recalled as the indigenous name for the locality. Some evidence suggests that the word "Coogee" may in fact be the original Aboriginal place name for the next bay to the north, now known as Gordon's Bay.

Coogee was gazetted as a village in 1838, growing slowly until it was connected to the city by electric tram in 1902.

Until the 1870s, the Randwick Municipality had only one cemetery, which was at St Jude's Church, Avoca Street. In addition, Rookwood Cemetery was also used, but this was too far away. The residents petitioned to have another local cemetery, and in 1872, permission was granted for Randwick Council to acquire land for a second cemetery. Land was bought in what is now the South Coogee area, and the new cemetery was ready for use in July 1874. Simeon Henry Pearce, an early Mayor, was appointed manager of the cemetery.


Well-known internees include:
  the parents of painter Charles Henry Streeton
  the Hannan family, publishers of the Randwick Coogee Weekly
  Darby Munro, a well-known jockey
  Sir John See, Mayor of Randwick 1880-81 and 1886
  the Veness family of business people, including Fred Veness, Randwick Postmaster 1864-78

Sport and recreation
Coogee is represented in one of the most popular sporting competitions in Australia, the National Rugby League, by the local Rugby League club, the Sydney Roosters. The Roosters have represented the area in the League since 1908. Some junior League clubs in the area are also affiliated to the South Sydney junior Rugby League, as the borders between the Roosters and Souths have been redrawn numerous times in the Coogee area since the 1930s.

Latham Park is a large recreation area that features football fields, cricket pitches, tennis courts and bowls greens. It sits beside Endeavour House, a Department of Defence facility for the Royal Australian Navy. A small shopping strip is located in Malabar Road, close to the boundary of Randwick Cemetery.




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