Blackalls Park, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||2,774 (2006)|
|• Density||895/km2 (2,320/sq mi)|
|Area||3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Location||2 km (1 mi) NW of Toronto|
|LGA(s)||City of Lake Macquarie|
|State electorate(s)||Lake Macquarie|
Early industries were farming and broom-making.
Blackalls Park was named after the first family to live in the area, the Blackall family. Blackalls Park was originally named Blackall Platform due to the, now unused, rail station in the area. The name was changed to Blackalls but then changed to Blackalls Park due to mail being sent to a town with a similar town, Blackall, Queensland.
In 1891, a tramway between Fassifern and Toronto opened. Due to the Blackall family being the only people boarding the platform, the area was to become known as Blackall Platform. This became the Toronto railway line, but was later replaced by a bus service in the 1990s.
The public primary school was opened in 1954. It is currently run by the state government of New South Wales and services about 245 children (December, 2012). Children older than primary age mostly attend the public high school, Toronto High School, in Field Avenue, Toronto, approximately 1.5 km to the south.
The lake surrounding Blackalls Park (also surrounding neighbouring towns) has a beautiful view. Small creeks also are found near the lake - Stoney Creek in the south-east separating Blackalls Park from Toronto, and LT Creek just 70 metres north-east of Fassifern Railway Station at the northern extremity of Blackalls Park suburban limit.
In the mid 1980s, Blackalls Park acquired a small shopping village with a hardware store, a combined newsagency/post-office, a pharmacy, a mini-mart (small general store), a hot-bread shop, a hot food takeaway shop and a hairdresser. This was on the corner of Faucett Street and the main road connecting Toronto with Fassifern and Fennell Bay.
By 1989, a second smaller collection of shops opened at the corner of Centre Street and the main road. It had a large bottle shop (liquor store), a Chinese restaurant, a hairdressing salon and a small shop that sold toys and was later a Beany Babies (TM) outlet when that fad was at the peak of its popularity.
Several doctors surgeries have existed in Blackalls Park over the years 1984-2009. Dr Denise Kent and Partners opened inside the back section of the pharmacy building for a time before reopening in a converted house across Faucett Street diagonally opposite the rail crossing to the lakeside parklands. Some time later Drs Lyn Lamb, Tom Boleyn and Colin Robinson opened in a converted house between the larger and smaller shopping villages on the main road.
When Dr Kent and some of her partners moved on to premises in Toronto and other suburbs, Dr Lamb and Dr Boleyn switched premises to the corner surgery on Faucett Street. Dr Lamb moved to Boolaroo by 2000 and Tom Boleyn took up again in their old premises with a chiropractor, a homeopath and masseuse until his retirement in Ausust 2002. The natural and alternative therapies practice survived until 2009.