Wentworthville, New South Wales

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Wentworthville
SydneyNew South Wales
Wentworthville-1-wiki.jpg
View from the railway footbridge
Postcode(s) 2145
Location 27 km (17 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Parramatta, City of Holroyd
State electorate(s) Parramatta
Federal Division(s) Parramatta
Suburbs around Wentworthville:
Toongabbie Old Toongabbie Northmead
Pendle Hill Wentworthville Westmead Mays Hill
Greystanes South Wentworthville Merrylands West
Wentworthville War Memorial

Wentworthville is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Wentworthville is located 27 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Wentworthville is split between the local government areas of the City of Parramatta and the City of Holroyd. Wentworthville is colloquially known as 'Wenty'.

History[edit]

Wentworthville, Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains and, Wentworth in far western New South Wales, were named after the Wentworth family. A land grant of 2000 acres (8 km²) in this area was made in 1810 to D'Arcy Wentworth, the father of William Wentworth, the famous Australian explorer, barrister, newspaper publisher, politician and landowner.

Another pioneer to the area, William Fullagar established the Star Inn on the corner of Ettalong Road and the Western Road (now the Great Western Highway). Fullagar also opened a cattle saleyards which became one of the principal ones for the colony.[1] His family's estate "Essington House"[2] is now the site of a Christian school. Fullagar Road is named after him.

In the mid-1800s, a land boom attracted people into the area, land was subdivided for housing and small farms. Wentworth's holdings were sub-divided - amounting to 600 lots.[3] The railway line had been put through on its way to Penrith, in 1864, but it was not until 1883 that Wentworthville got its own public railway station. Originally the railway station was called T. R. Smith's Platform but was renamed Wentworthville two years later.

In 2007 the boundaries were redrawn and the northern part of Wentworthville became the suburb of Constitution Hill.

Namesakes[edit]

Wentworthville is not to be confused with Wentworth Falls and Wentworth also located in the state of New South Wales.

Commercial area[edit]

Wentworthville has two shopping precincts. The larger, older precinct sits on the Holroyd side of Wenworthville railway station (the other side of the railway is part of Parramatta City Council's local government area and is mainly zoned residential). A Supa IGA (formerly Franklins) dominates Wentworthville Mall Shopping Centre.[4]

The newer commercial center is on the Great Western Highway. It is dominated by Woolworths. Initially Woolworths operated in the main shopping precinct but new premises were obtained at their present location in the late 1980s. (An Aldi sits on the other side of the Highway (which is part of South Wentworthville)).

For many years shopping tours were conducted to the Wentworthville area for the factory-outlets selling their products directly to the public. Bonds clothing factory in Dunmore Street sold direct to the public from their factory.

Transport[edit]

Trains[edit]

Wentworthville railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network that connects west to Penrith and Richmond. After reaching the city, most trains continue north to North Sydney, Chatswood, Hornsby and Berowra. The station is also serviced by the Cumberland Line linking Blacktown to Campbelltown. The trip to Sydney CBD typically takes 35 minutes.

The Wentworthville station was the site of the first major Tangara accident, a derailment, which occurred on 27 December 1989 [1].

Buses[edit]

The Liverpool-Parramatta T-way passes right by the south eastern corner [2]. The North-West T-way goes just along the northern tip (Mons Road).

Westbus run the 818 from Westmead Hospital to Merrylands via Wentworthville railway station.

And operating as Hillsbus Westbus run the following routes

700 from Blacktown to Parramatta via Wentworthville - running along the southern border of the suburb
705 also running from Blacktown to Parramatta but via Wentworthville railway station.
708 from Parramatta to Constitution Hill via Wentworthville railway station.[5]

Roads[edit]

The M4 Western Motorway and the parallel Great Western Highway run east-west through the southern side. The Cumberland Highway runs through the western side of Wentworthville on its way south (from Hornsby via the Pennant Hills Road to Liverpool).

Schools[edit]

  • Wentworthville Public School[6]
  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary School[7]
  • Darcy Road Public School[8]
  • Westmead Christian Grammar School (previously Essington Christian Academy)[9]

Sport[edit]

Wentworthville is home to local rugby league team the Wentworthville Magpies (feeder club for Parramatta Eels), who play in the Jim Beam Cup and the NSW Cup (winning the 2008 NSW Cup), though the nearest NRL team is the nearby Parramatta Eels.

Other facilities[edit]

Library - as part of the Holroyd City Council library service.
Swimming - Wentworthville Swimming Pool operates near the railway station.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ , Pollon, F., (1983), ‘’Parramatta the cradle city’’, p283 (ISBN 0 9594007 1 0)
  2. ^ Essington House
  3. ^ , Pollon, F., (1983), ‘’Parramatta the cradle city’’, p283 (ISBN 0 9594007 1 0)
  4. ^ Wentworthville Mall
  5. ^ Bus timetables and maps at Hillsbus
  6. ^ Wentworthville Public School
  7. ^ Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary School
  8. ^ Darcy Road Public School Homepage
  9. ^ Westmead Christian Grammar School
  10. ^ Swimming Centres at Holroyd City

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