Colyton, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||7,993 (2011 census)|
|Location||43 km (27 mi) from Sydney|
|LGA(s)||Penrith City Council|
Colyton is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 43 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Penrith. It is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Colyton is the easternmost suburb of the City of Penrith. Its boundaries are Ropes Creek, the Great Western Highway, Marsden Road and the M4 Western Motorway. Colyton is one of the older suburbs in the St Marys area with homes on large blocks of land - primarily 1/4 acre and 1/3 acre blocks. Colyton is primarily a residential area with large sporting fields, Bennett Road Primary School, Colyton High School, Colyton Shopping Centre and the Life Education Centre. There is some industrial activity along Roper Road. Note that Colyton Primary School is not located in Colyton, but across the Great Western Highway in Old Mt Druitt.
Colyton is named after Colyton in Devon, England, which had been the home town of the wife of William Cox Junior, son of the famous builder of the road across the Blue Mountains, also named William. The property of 800 acres (3.2 km2) had been granted to Cox on 17 August 1819 by Governor Macquarie. It was located on the southern side of the Western Highway opposite the present Colyton Primary School. The land was only used for grazing and wheat growing. On 9 April 1842, a notice appeared in the Sydney Herald advertising the auction sale of William Cox's estate to form the 'Village of Colyton' with surrounding farmlets. The land was described as partly forest and partly alluvial with grass on it being 'abundant and nutritious'. The timber on the land was described as being fit for 'building and farming purposes' and the water 'abundant and never failing' from nearby Ropes Creek.
Colyton Post Office opened on 15 October 1892 and closed in 1962.
According to the 2011 census, there were 7,993 residents in Colyton. 69.6% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 2.6%, Philippines 2.5% and Fiji 2.3%. The most common occupations in Colyton included Clerical and Administrative Workers 19.1% and Machinery Operators And Drivers 14.5%. Almost all housing (96.8%) in Colyton is in the form of separate houses.
Colyton has convenient access to both the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway. Bus services are provided by Busways to St Marys railway station, Mt Druitt Westfield and Mt Druitt railway station.
Bennett Road Public School was first established on 14 October 1961, serving the growing suburb of St Marys, with 230 pupils. Warren Kennedy was the first school principal. The library was opened in 1984 and the hall and a new canteen were opened in 1986.
Colyton Public School was established during the late 1800s. Its new school hall opened in November 2009 and the canteen has been connected to the hall.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Colyton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- http://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/index.asp?id=969 Penrith Local Suburb Profiles
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.