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Camden, if you believe the media, is the new racist capital of Australia, as a result of the recent refusal by its Council of a proposed Islamic school.

But away from that, it is one of the oldest towns in NSW, and whilst the urban sprawl of south western Sydney has finally caught up with Camden, the town itself has retained some of the architectural charm.

Below is some photos that I have taken since I moved down here nearly a year ago... so here I give you, a photo tour of Camden:

Camden Valley Way, at Elderslie - this is the main entrance road into Camden, on the eastern side of the Nepean River. On the right is the John Oxley building, where the Camden information centre is located.

The Nepean River, from Cowpasture Bridge - this acts as the eastern boundary of the town.

Camden Valley Way, at Edward Street. To the left is the old railway station for the Camden Branch Line that closed in the 1960's. It is now a motorcycle show room.

Murray Street, at Argyle Street, at the "bottom" of the town centre - Camden Central, opening in the late 90's (I think) on the right.

Looking the other way from in front of the Subway steps at Camden Central - to the left is one of the buildings associated with the Camden Showground, on the right is one of four pubs on the main street - the Crown Hotel.

Court House in John Street.

Old Camden High School site, further up John Street - this was closed in the mid 90's and re-located to a new site outside of town, because it was found that the land was contaminated (it was a gas works before the school opened). The land de-contamination period has now lapsed, and it is intended to be a mixed-use development (probably shop top).

Looking up John Street - it is perhaps the most "iconic" street shot of Camden, showing off the wide streets, historic public buildings on both sides, and St. Johns in the background.

Cricks Corner building, at the corner of Elizabeth and Argyle Street.

Weatherboard houses on Hill Street - this is within the "town support" area which envelops the major enterprise corridor on Argyle Street, and contains a mix of activities - restaurants, medical specialists, legal professions, etc. The house on the left suffered extensive fire damage about 6 months ago, and is now being restored.

Edward Street, on the eastern edges of the town centre. In this area is a number of agricultural type activities - farm supplies on the right, cattle auctions on the left.

The main street, Argyle Street, looking north east from the John Street intersection. This is typical of the entire length of Argyle Street - two lanes each way, with on street parking, and median dotted with mature trees, well maintained lawn and regular intervals to allow pedestrian movements across the street.

Victorian(?) era building, located at the top of Hill Street.

Argyle Street / John Street intersection. This is the heart of the town centre, and also the main focus - at Christmas, the flagpole in the middle (which pre-dated the roundabout) is the primary focus of the Light Up Festival. Building in the background contains the NAB bank.

Looking across diagonally the other way from the bank building.

Grey box building, with undercroft parking, on Oxley Street - home of Woolies.

Council offices - the Macaria building, as can be seen here, holds the customer service area, meeting rooms and the mayor's office. At the rear are more recent extensions, for the rest of the staff.

Library in John Street, across the road from the Council offices. Now incorporates the old fire station (on the left), and being connected in the middle to now be the one building.

Post office on Argyle Street.

Mix of old and new, on Barsden Street, on the western edge of town. Shows how close rural lands encroach on Camden.

Mitchell Street. Wide streets showing one of the chief indicators that it is still in some ways still a country town underneath it all.

St. Johns Cathedral, located at the "top" of Camden. The first stone was laid in the 1840's. A popular place for weddings (including mine).

Menangle Road, on the southern outskirts of the town centre.

Rural lands on the southern edges of Camden. This particular parcel was the location of the recently refused Islamic school (likely to appealed in the L+E Court).

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I think you have to be careful tagging the place as the most racist town in Australia. There are many towns where people I believe would hold similar views.

It's nice to see even with the metropolitan area now on it's fringes, it still maintains that rural character and you can understand why locals are resisting any changes to it. I think the debate over the Islamic school is just one of many challenges it will face in the years ahead along with urban development.

Many people have chosen to move from inner Sydney so they can have the rural lifestyle without having to trek too far from the greater Sydney area.

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i had friends out at camden when i was young. i used to go out there just to admire St Johns church. what an amAzing structure.
In 1849 on completion, the 115ft spire was one of tallest structures in the Australia!
Designed by james hume, its construction was managed by Edmund Blacket.
Its internals/clock/bells are excellent.

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I've been able to view them through both Firefox (home) and IE (work).

May be something to do with the hosting website ( - I'll look into it!
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