Sydney John Hill was born to the unmarried 19-year-old Hannah Hill in London, who was a music hall entertainer. Hannah claimed the boy's father was Sydney Hawkes, but his father's identity was never verified. A year later, his mother married Charles Chaplin Sr., and the latter became his legal guardian. Sydney's surname was changed to Chaplin.
North Sydney does not have any of Sydney's major shopping centres, however, it has a number of speciality stores and cafés. Chatswood is one of the largest retail precincts in Sydney, and has a large amount of high density residential buildings. It is home to large shopping centres such as Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase.