Dural, New South Wales

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Dural
SydneyNew South Wales
Population 7,357 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 2158
Location 36 km (22 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)
Region Hills District
State electorate(s) Hornsby
Federal Division(s) Berowra
Suburbs around Dural:
Kenthurst Middle Dural Galston
Hornsby Heights
Glenhaven Dural Hornsby
Westleigh
Castle Hill Cherrybrook Cherrybrook

Dural is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 36 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of Hornsby Shire and The Hills Shire. Dural is part of the Hills District, in Northern Sydney. Round Corner is a locality in the south-western part of Dural.

History[edit]

The original inhabitants of the Dural area were the Darug people. Dural is derived from Dooral-Dooral, an Aboriginal name meaning a smoking hollow tree.[2]

The name Dooral appeared on Surveyor Richard Dundiate, map of April 1817 and originally covered the whole area including present day Glenorie, Galston, Arcadia and Middle Dural. The first grant in the area was made to George Hall in 1879.[3] At an earlier stage, a local settler, James Roughley, had donated land to be used for the building of a church. A sandstone chapel was built on Old Northern Road circa 1846, with a vestry, apse and shingle roof, plus a bell turret on the western gable. A porch was added later. The chapel—known as St Jude's Church—is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4]

Dural Post Office opened on 1 August 1864.[5]

Population[edit]

According to the 2011 census, there were 7,357 residents in Dural. The majority of people were born in Australia (69%), with the top other countries of birth being England 4.7%, South Africa 1.9% and New Zealand 1.6%. The median household income was $1,998, a fair bit higher than the national median of $1,234. 84.5% of occupied dwellings were separate houses and 62.2% of houses had 4 or more bedrooms. There was a high level of home ownership in Dural, with 82.7% of people either owning their house outright or owning with a mortgage.[6]

Schools[edit]

  • Dural Public School[7]
  • Redfield College[8]
  • Pacific Hills Christian School[9]
  • Warrah Rudolf Steiner School[10]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Dural plays host to the Dural Rugby Club,[11] Dural Country Club, Dural Country Club soccer teams,[12] Refield Lions Soccer and Rugby Clubs and the Pacific Hills Pumas Soccer Club.[13] Dural Rugby Club organises Wallatag in the Summer Months which is held on a Friday night at Bernie Mullane Sports Complex in Kellyville.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dural (Hornsby - NSW)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 90
  3. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.90
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/26
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 01-06-2012. 
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dural (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Dural Public School
  8. ^ Redfield College
  9. ^ Pacific Hills Christian School
  10. ^ Warrah School
  11. ^ Dural Rugby Club Inc.
  12. ^ Dural Country Club
  13. ^ Pacific Hills Dural Soccer Club

Coordinates: 33°40′55″S 151°01′44″E / 33.6820°S 151.0290°E / -33.6820; 151.0290