Merrylands was named after the former English home of Arthur Todd Holroyd (1806–1887), who acquired land in this area in 1855. The adjoining suburb of Holroyd was named after him in the early 1990s.
Merrylands, covers 2 local government areas, with the railway being the boundary between Parramatta City Council (eastern side of railway) and Holroyd City Council (western side of the railway), also named after Arthur Todd Holroyd.
Merrylands is located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Holroyd. Part of the suburb (east of the railway line) is located in the local government area of the City of Parramatta.
The Merrylands railway station is serviced by the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network.
It is on the bus route from Liverpool toParramatta. Main transport corridors ofWoodville Rd(Parramatta-Hume Hwy, Western Motorway M4 (Mountains to the sea). Other main roads include Coleman St (to Westmead Hospital), Hawkesview Rd (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Neil St (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Pitt St (to Parramatta), Lois Stand Excelsior St (to Granville).
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