Davistown, New South Wales

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This article is about the community in Australia. For the former Davistown in the United States, see Fairview, Kentucky.
Davistown
Central CoastNew South Wales
Central Wharf Davistown Australia.jpg
Central Wharf, Davistown
Population 2,394 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,880/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2251
Area 1.6 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) City of Gosford
Parish Kincumber
State electorate(s) Terrigal
Federal Division(s) Robertson
Suburbs around Davistown:
Saratoga Saratoga Kincumber
Woy Woy Davistown Kincumber South
St Huberts Island Empire Bay Bensville

Davistown is a south-eastern suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the City of Gosford local government area.

The suburb is serviced by a small shopping centre, Paringa Mall, and the Davistown RSL.

It is populated mostly by young families and elderly retirees.

In recent years, much of the dilapidated housing in the area, built mostly within the 1950s through to the 1980s has undergone purchasing by wealthier individuals who are rebuilding new homes.

History[edit]

It is named for the Davis family which settled in the area after migrating from Northern Ireland. The sons of the family established a series of successful ship building firms in the second half of the 19th century and the areas name was taken from the nickname of 'Davistown'. The most successful of the shipwrights were the brothers Thomas,Rock and Edward Davis. Rock was born at sea aboard the Mary Catherine. Rock is named after the captain of the ship, Rock Jones.

Between 1869 and 1879, Ben Davis built an estimated 34 vessels at Davistown, and a further 15 at Bensville. Rock Davis built 8 vessels here between 1854 and 1862, and later moved to Blackwall (near Woy Woy), where he built at least 160 vessels between 1863 and 1904. Another local shipbuilder Alfred W.R.M. Settree built 7 vessels at Davistown, including Day Dawn, Edith Keep and Dewdrop, between 1869 and 1879. Giles Jenkins built 10 vessels, mostly ketches, at Davistown between 1876 and 1889.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Davistown (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°28′55″S 151°21′36″E / 33.482°S 151.360°E / -33.482; 151.360