Dural is derived from Dooral-Dooral, an Aboriginal name meaning a smoking hollow tree. The original inhabitants of the Dural area were the Darug people. The name Dooral appeared on Surveyor James Meehan’s map of April 1817 and originally covered the whole area including present day Glenorie, Galston, Arcadia and Dural. Timber cutters opened up the area in the early 19th century and the settlements were originally known as Upper, Middle, Lower, North and Little Dural.
At the 2011 census, the suburb of Middle Dural recorded a population of 931 residents. Of these:
The age distribution was older than the country in general: the median age was 45 years, compared to the national median of 37 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 18% of the population (national average is 19%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 20% of the population (national average is 14%).
72% were born in Australia, similar to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were England 4%, Italy 4%, and New Zealand 2%. 51% of people had both parents born in Australia.
80% only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Italian 6%, Arabic 3%, and German 1%.
The median household weekly income was $2,077, compared to the national median of $1,234. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $3,000.
88% of households were family households, 11% were single-person households and 1% were group households. The average household size was 3.0 people.