Glenhaven, New South Wales

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Glenhaven
SydneyNew South Wales
Coordinates 33°42′20″S 151°00′12″E / 33.70547°S 151.00334°E / -33.70547; 151.00334Coordinates: 33°42′20″S 151°00′12″E / 33.70547°S 151.00334°E / -33.70547; 151.00334
Population 6,101 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2156
Location 32 km (20 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)
State electorate(s) Hawkesbury, moving to Castle Hill (2015 redistribution)
Federal Division(s) Berowra
Suburbs around Glenhaven:
Annangrove Kenthurst Kenthurst
Kellyville Glenhaven Dural
Castle Hill Castle Hill Dural

Glenhaven is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 32 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area's of The Hills Shire and Hornsby Shire, part of the Hills District region.

History[edit]

The area was originally called Sandhurst, which remains Glenhaven's most prominent and highest street, Sandhurst Crescent. There was some confusion with mail because of a suburb in Melbourne with the same name. A public meeting was held to have the name changed [2] to reflect its valley location. The upper portion of the valley was known as "The Glen", and the lower portion as "The Haven", hence the choice Glenhaven.[3]

Glenhaven is on the route of the Great North Road that linked Parramatta with the Hunter Valley. John Evans, one of the first settlers in the area, used a bullock team to drag timber, and the route he used became known as Evans Road. The area had many wild flowers, including waratahs, Christmas bush, boronias, native roses, and a variety of orchids which thrived there.[4]

Sandhurst Post Office opened on 11 July 1892 and was renamed Glenhaven on 1 January 1893. It closed in 1972.[5]

Schools[edit]

Glenhaven has three schools:

  • Glenhaven Public School located in Glenhaven Rd and founded in 1889
  • Lorien Novalis School for Rudolf Steiner Education
  • Samuel Gilbert Public School

Transport[edit]

  • The 603 service to Parramatta via Castle Hill services most of the suburb.
  • The 637 and 638 service to Castle Hill services the eastern portion of the suburb.
  • The 652X service to the Sydney CBD via West Pennant Hills and the M2 runs during peak hour.
  • A train line from Epping to Castle Hill is under construction and is due for completion in 2019.

Housing[edit]

Glenhaven is a leafy upper-middle class suburb, with large grand homes on 1000+sqm blocks of land. On the east side of Old Northern Road semi-rural acreages are present, as well as a retirement village and the Flower Power Garden Centre. Since half the suburb is located on a ridge 180-200m high, some of the higher terrain homes have picturesque panoramas of the Blue Mountains.

Population[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the suburb of Glenhaven had a population of 6,101 people. Of these:

  • Sex distribution: 49.1% were male and 50.7% were female.
  • Age distribution: The median age was 42 years, compared to the national median of 37 years.
  • Ethnic diversity : 76.3% of residents were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 5.7%, South Africa 2.0%, New Zealand 1.8%, Italy 1.0%, and China 0.9%.
  • Finances: The median household weekly income was $2,293, compared to the national median of $1,234. The median mortgage payment in Glenhaven is $2,639 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glenhaven (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Irene Nix, Glimpses of Glenhaven, Glenhaven Progress Association, Glenhaven NSW, November 1992
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 111
  4. ^ Joan Rowland 2008 http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/glenhaven
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 01-06-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/SSC10966?opendocument&navpos=220