Kentlyn, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Aerial view (looking west) of Kentlyn, Ruse and Campbelltown.
Population 650 (2006)[1]
Established 1933
Postcode(s) 2560
Location 58 km (36 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Campbelltown
Federal Division(s) Macarthur
Suburbs around Kentlyn:
Leumeah Minto Heights Holsworthy
Ruse Kentlyn Holsworthy
Airds Holsworthy Holsworthy

Kentlyn is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 58 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown. It is part of the Macarthur region.


Kentlyn was originally home to the Tharawal people who may have occupied the area for thousands of years. The area was largely uninhabited for the early 19th century until the 1890s when farmers started settling land. It became known as the Kent Farms and in 1933, it was formally dubbed Kent Lyn, which later modified to Kentlyn.[2][3]

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, it became something of a shantytown for families who had lost their homes. Kentlyn Post Office was open from 1936 until 1938.[4] During the 1970s, when substantial areas of Campbelltown were being opened up for development, the Council chose to protect Kentlyn with minimum lots of 5 acres (20,000 m2). These days it is considered one of the more upmarket parts of Campbelltown.[3]


According to the 2006 census undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Kentlyn is a relatively small suburb of 650 people with higher household incomes ($1358 per week) compared to the national average ($1027) and higher mortgages as well. The average age of 44 is also higher than average. There are a high number of families with children (61%) but the children tend to be older on average. All 205 homes in Kentlyn are detached houses with no apartment blocks or townhouses in the suburb.[1]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Kentlyn (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ Liston, C: The Dharawal and Gandangara in colonial Campbelltown, New South Wales, 1788-1830, article in Aboriginal History, vol.12, 1988: p.48-62.
  3. ^ a b Kentlyn History
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 34°03′07″S 150°52′41″E / 34.05193°S 150.87797°E / -34.05193; 150.87797