Prestons, New South Wales

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Prestons
SydneyNew South Wales
PrestonsNSWshops.jpg
Prestons Shopping Village
Population 12,800 (2006)
Established 1972
Postcode(s) 2170
Location 37 km (23 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Liverpool
State electorate(s) Macquarie Fields
Federal Division(s) Werriwa
Suburbs around Prestons:
Hinchinbrook Miller Cartwright
Hoxton Park Prestons Lurnea
Horningsea Park Edmondson Park Casula

Prestons is a suburb of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 37 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Liverpool.

History[edit]

Prestons was named after a local family who in the early 1900s ran a post office on the corner Romana Square. Their name became synonymous with the post office and in 1972, it officially became the name of the suburb.[1][2]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the suburb include Dalmeny and Prestons Public School. Private schools include, William Carey Christian School, Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School and Sule College.

Transport[edit]

Prestons is situated at an important road junction where the M5 South Western Motorway from the city meets the Hume Highway heading towards Canberra and Melbourne and the Westlink M7 heading towards Mount Druitt and northern Sydney. All three roads can be accessed from Camden Valley Way, which also connects Prestons to Liverpool and Camden. The M7 can also be accessed from Bernera Road. There are no rail services to Prestons but Busabout provides three bus services to Liverpool via different routes. One of these, the 850, also connects to Camden.[3]

Sport[edit]

The Prestons Cricket Club (Hornets) operates from Amalfi Park, since it was founded in 1968. Prestons Robins Little Athletics operates on Friday Nights at the new park on Ash Road during Summer months.

People[edit]

According to the 2006 Australian census, Prestons had a population of 12,824, a substantial proportion of whom were immigrants to Australia. The most common countries of birth (apart from Australia) were Fiji (6.1%), Philippines (3.8%). The most common foreign languages spoken at home were Hindi (7.3%), Arabic (5.0%) and Spanish (3.4%). While Catholicism was the most common religion (32.3%), Islam was the second most common with 10.2% ahead of the Anglicans with 9.6%.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  2. ^ "Prestons". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Busabout Network Map". Busabout. Retrieved 19 April 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Prestons (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 

Coordinates: 33°56′34″S 150°52′16″E / 33.94286°S 150.87116°E / -33.94286; 150.87116