Dean Park, New South Wales

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Dean Park
SydneyNew South Wales
Population 3,102 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2761
Location 43 km (27 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Blacktown
State electorate(s) Riverstone
Federal Division(s) Chifley
Suburbs around Dean Park:
Marsden Park Colebee Schofields
Hassall Grove Dean Park Quakers Hill
Oakhurst Glendenning Doonside

Dean Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Dean Park is located 43 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Western Sydney region.

History[edit]

Dean Park takes its name from the Dean family. William 'Lumpy' Dean (1776 - 1854) received two grants of land of 100 and 50 acres in 1817, and later a third one of 50 acres, beside Eastern Creek.[2] His family owned the Bush Inn on the Western Highway.[3] Dean Park is home to William Dean Public School named in honour of the former European settler originally granted the land.

The suburb was originally planned and developed in the early 1980s. Some of the street names are aboriginal in origin such as Yarramundi Drive.[4] It is said[by whom?] that other street names take on the names of the original site developers, the Hoyle brothers (Nathan, Kenneth and Wayne).

Population[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 3,102 residents in Dean Park. 59.5% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Philippines 8.4%, Hungary 3.2%, India 2.0%, New Zealand 1.8% and Vietnam 1.3%. In Dean Park 58.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 5.9%, Tagalog 5.3% and Hungarian 3.7%. 98.5% of occupied dwellings in Dean Park were separate houses. There were 10 semi-detached dwellings and no flats, units or apartments.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable former residents of Dean Park include:

  • Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib.
  • Frank Flores, who died in 2004 during a bus hi-jacking in the Philippines where he tried to protect more vulnerable people on the bus and was shot by gun wielding high jackers.[5] Following his death, Frank Flores Park was named in his honour.[6] A memorial prize is awarded annually by the Dean Park Neighbourhood Centre to young residents of Dean Park who, over the course of the year, excel in a particular field and reflect a general level of excellence. Frank was a keen member of the Dean Park Neighbourhood council.
  • National Rugby League Grand Final champion Luke Swain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dean Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Sharpe 2000: 33
  3. ^ "Dean Park". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Yarramundi". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  5. ^ Philip Cornford (2004-08-20). "Bandits kill man on last trip home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Frank Flores Park". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 

Coordinates: 33°44′00″S 150°51′00″E / 33.7333°S 150.8500°E / -33.7333; 150.8500