Denistone, New South Wales
Gordon Crescent, Denistone railway station
|Location||16 km (10 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Ryde|
Denistone is suburb in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Denistone is located 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Ryde. Denistone West and Denistone East are separate suburbs.
Denistone is derived from the name of a home built in the area called Dennistone.
The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe lived in the area between the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River, which was known as Walumetta. Gregory Blaxland, a free settler, purchased the 450-acre (1.8 km2) Brush Farm estate in 1806, shortly after his arrival in the colony. This estate covered most of the area south from Terry Road to Victoria Road and Tramway Street, and east from Brush Road to Shaftsbury Road. In 1829 Blaxland transferred Brush Farm Estate to his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Dr Thomas Forster. Forster expanded the estate by purchasing the Porteous Mount grants of 120 acres (0.5 km2) on the Denistone ridge in 1830. Denistone was named after Forster's home "Dennistone", burnt down by bushfires in 1855. Richard Rouse Terry acquired the land from the Blaxlands in 1872 where he rebuilt Denistone House, now within the grounds of Ryde Hospital. The Denistone estate, centered on Denistone House, was a late subdivision, not opened up for sale until 1913. Another historic house in Denistone is The Hermitage which was built by Gregory Blaxland's son, John Blaxland in about 1842.
Denistone railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. Denistone is predominantly residential, free of an expedient commercial hub. Its centre is considered to be the railway station, which was built in 1937, extending to Darvall Park.
Darvall Park is a forest reserve near the railway line at Denistone. Flora includes Sydney Blue Gum, Red Olive Berry, Orange Bark, Waddy wood and Forest Nightshade. Despite over thirty years of bush regeneration, large areas of Darvall Park are heavily infested with weeds. Privet, Chinese Privet, Lantana, Madeira Vine, Taro and Trad. The Ring Tail Possum, Australian King Parrot and Satin Bowerbird are sometimes seen here.
As of the 2011 census, there were 3,566 residents in Denistone. 64.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were China 8.8%, Korea, Republic of (South) 4.2% and England 2.4%. In Denistone 65.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 7.5%, Cantonese 7.1% and Korean 4.8%. In Denistone, separate houses were the main dwelling type (85.3%) and only 0.6% of dwellings were flats or apartments.
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