Matcham, New South Wales
Central Coast, New South Wales
|Population||579 (2006 census)|
|• Density||141.2/km2 (366/sq mi)|
|Area||4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) E of Gosford|
|LGA(s)||City of Gosford|
Matcham is a semi-rural suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia south-west of Bateau Bay. It is part of the City of Gosford local government area. It has a hall, historic church and a public school.
Origin of the name Matcham
The Matcham Estate was a grant of 2,560 acres to Charles Horatio Nelson Matcham, a nephew of Lord Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Charles Horatio Matcham came to Sydney in 1828.
Charles Matcham of the Murrumbidgee River was promised the land as a primary grant and authorised to take possession from the 18 October 1831. The deed is registered in book 59/129 and is dated 1 January 1840.
He remained at "Bogolong" Murrumbidgee, where he died on 11 March 1844.
The estate passed to his nephew and then through various hands without development until 1907, when George Matcham sold to Frank L Measures of Niagra Park. Between 1907 and 1910 Measures subdivided the estate into various portions, one of them eventually becoming the suburb of nearby Holgate.
Extracted from the Matcham and Holgate Hall News (Matcham Hall).
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