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.
Kenthurst is derived from the English County of Kent and hurst meaning a woody hillock or clearing. The original inhabitants of the Dural area were the Darug people. 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
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
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006
- 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.