Penshurst, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
St Johns Anglican Church, King Georges Road
|Population||11,692 (2011 census)|
|Location||17 km (11 mi) south of Sydney CBD|
Penshurst is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 17 km south of the Sydney central business district. It is part of the St George area. Penshurst lies across the local government areas of the City of Hurstville and Municipality of Kogarah.
Penshurst features low to medium density housing. It has a predominantly older population however it is increasingly being populated by a new generation of migrant families who are attracted by its proximity to Hurstville.
Penshurst was named after Penshurst, Kent, England. Originally part of the land grant to Robert Townson (1763-1827), the land was acquired in 1830 by John Connell, who left it to his grandsons J.C. and E.P. Laycock. Connell's Bush was subdivided by the Laycocks and the western part sold to Thomas Mort.
The early work in the area was timber-cutting and small farming. The railway station opened 17 May 1890. A large portion of Penshurst located south of the railway line is referred to as the MacRae's Estate, as it was once owned by the MacRae family. This particular area is now between Laycock Road and Grove Avenue, and Hillcrest and Railway Parade. The original homestead is still present on Laycock Road, along with a caretakers house for the stables. McRaes Reserve used to have a river running through it and the path of that river is now replaced with an underground rainwater system.
The main shopping centre is located around Penshurst railway station on Penshurst Street, Bridge Street and The Strand. Commercial developments are also found along Forest Road and King Georges Road. The Penshurst RSL Club is a centre of social activity. The area also contains The Gamesman Store and Museum, dedicated to video games since 1982.
Penshurst railway station is on the Illawarra line of the Sydney Trains network. It is approximately 27 minutes from Sydney Central via train. The main roads through Penshurst are King Georges Road and Forest Road. Punchbowl Bus Company also operates bus services 941 and 943 in Penshurst.
Places of worship
- St Declan's Roman Catholic Church
- St John Anglican Church
- St Andrew Presbyterian
- Penshurst Uniting Church
- Penshurst Mosque
- Penshurst Jehovahs Witnesses Temple
- Penshurst Assemblies of God Church
- Revival Life Centre
- Penshurst General Church of New Jerusalem
- George's River Girls High School, Penshurst Marist High School,
- Penshurst Public School, Penshurst West Primary School, Hurstville Grove Infants School
Parks and recreation
Penshurst local attractions include an Aquatic centre, a park and tennis courts. Penshurst Park and Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre are located on King Georges Road.
According to the 2011 census, there were 11,692 residents in Penshurst. 18% of the population is of Chinese ancestry, with the next largest ancestry groups being Australian (15.3%), English (14.3%) and Irish (6.2%). 47.0% stated they were born overseas with the top countries of birth being China 11.9%, Nepal 2.7%, Hong Kong 2.5% and India 2.2%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 48.1% of residents and the most common other languages spoken were Cantonese 9.8%, Mandarin 9.0% and Greek 4.3%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 26.8%, no religion 20.2%, Anglican 11.2% and Orthodox 8.5%.
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