Sutton Forest, New South Wales

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Sutton Forest (34°34′S 150°19′E / 34.567°S 150.317°E / -34.567; 150.317) is a small village in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia in Wingecarribee Shire. It is located 5 km southwest of Moss Vale on the Illawarra Highway. At the 2006 census, Sutton Forest had a population of 253 people.[1]

Sutton Forest is located in an agrarian setting and is surrounded by farms, vineyards and is home to manor homes and estates. It is in one of the oldest areas settled by Europeans in Australia after Sydney and is somewhat reminiscent of an English village due to the temperate Southern Highlands climate and high rainfall.

Sutton Forest comprises a church, an inn, a couple of restaurants and one or two specialty shops.

In 2004, a proposal to locate Sydney's second airport in Sutton Forest met with fierce opposition from locals.

Etymology[edit]

In 1819 it was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie after Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury, a speaker of the House of Commons. In 2001 it had a population of 191. The surrounding area is part of the lands administrative unit of the Sutton Forest Parish.

Notable residents[edit]

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban own Bunya Hill, a 45 hectare estate and cattle stud farm within the village.[2]

References[edit]

  • Exploring the ACT and Southeast New South Wales, J. Kay McDonald, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985 ISBN 0-86417-049-1

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