Kenthurst, New South Wales
Kenthurst Village Shops
|Location||39 km (24 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||The Hills Shire|
Kenthurst is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 39 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of The Hills Shire. It is part of the Hills District region.
Kenthurst is a semi-rural suburb with blocks of land on an average of 5 acres (20,000 m2). Features of the suburb include a large park (Kenthurst Park), a shopping village and park complex, numerous schools, a petrol station, a function centre, a rural fire service station and a public swimming pool.
The area was originally known as Little Dooral and later Little Dural. In 1886 a public meeting was held to discuss a change of name. Charles Gibb was the main agitator who declared that the settlement needed a more elegant title. "Kent Forest" was suggested as an appropriate name for the area where settlers from Kent County that had settled in the area, but it wasn't popular and eventually Kenthurst was chosen. The meeting applied to the government ministry for permission to change the name, which was successful and was in general use from 1887.
Kenthurst Post Office opened on 1 August 1887.
The Kenthurst shopping complex features a post office, supermarket, butcher, newsagent and bottle shop, hairdresser and other shops. Outside the village centre there are several preschools and a second real estate agent. There are numerous local businesses in the area such as timber yards, florist, wholesalers, earthmovers and other similar businesses.
The village green is situated across Nelson St from the shopping village. It features a public swimming pool, a basketball/netball court, barbecue facilities, a playground, park benches and a large grassed area. The village green is maintained by Kenthurst Rotary
Schools within Kenthurst include:
- Kenthurst Public School (public, primary)
- St Madeleine's (Catholic Systemic, primary)
- Marian College (Catholic Systemic, secondary)
- The Hills Grammar School (private, K-12)
- Kenthurst Preschool (community-based, not-for-profit)
Other educational services
- Pacific Tutoring(local tuition business, K-12)
Sport and recreation
- Age distribution
- The distribution of ages in Kenthurst was fairly similar to the country as a whole. Kenthurst residents' median age was 41 years, compared to the national median of 37. Children aged under 15 years made up 19.7% of the population (national average was 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.3% of the population (national average was 14.0%).
- Ethnic diversity
- Just over three-quarters (77%) of residents were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were England 4.8%, Italy 2.3%, and New Zealand 1.2%. 55% of people had both parents born in Australia.
- The median weekly household income was $2,109, compared to the national median of $1,234. Real estate values were correspondingly high: the median mortgage repayments were $3,000 compared to the national median of $1,800.
- Most (87%) private dwellings were family households, 12% were single-person households and 1% were group households. Stand-alone houses accounted for 95% of dwellings, while 4% were semi-detached and 1% were flats, units or apartments. The average household size was 3.2 people.
The suburb is home to a large number of whole-sale nurseries. Kenthurst receives approximately 500 chill hours and peach growing is popular.
- Bec and Lleyton Hewitt
- Don Burke, television personality
- Ray Hadley, radio commentator
- Greg Page, musician
- Michelle Jenneke, hurdler
- James Millar, Theatre actor and writer
- Luke Joslin, noted Musical Theatre triple threat
- Delta Goodrem, musician
- Fazlul Huq, Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Ben Quilty, Australian commissioned war artist (2011)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kenthurst(NSW)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "Origins of Suburb Names". The Hills Shire Council. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- HillsDirectory.com.au page on Kenthurst
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 01-06-2012.
- Measured by user at Jones Rd, Kenthurst for 2013 winter
- "Lleyton and Bec's new Sydney digs". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 May 2006.