Werrington, New South Wales

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Werrington
SydneyNew South Wales
Coordinates 33°45′34″S 150°44′49″E / 33.75943°S 150.74708°E / -33.75943; 150.74708Coordinates: 33°45′34″S 150°44′49″E / 33.75943°S 150.74708°E / -33.75943; 150.74708
Population 3,849 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 864.9/km2 (2,240.2/sq mi)
Established 1806
Postcode(s) 2747
Area 4.45 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 48.5 km (30 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Penrith City Council
State electorate(s) Londonderry
Federal Division(s) Lindsay
Suburbs around Werrington:
Cambridge Park Werrington County St Marys
Kingswood Werrington St Marys
Kingswood Claremont Meadows St Marys

Werrington is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 48.5 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Penrith and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

History[edit]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Prior to European settlement, what is now Werrington was home to the Gomerrigal-Tongarra people who spoke the Darug language. They lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle governed by traditional laws, which had their origins in the Dreamtime. Their homes were bark huts called 'gunyahs'. They hunted kangaroos and emus for meat, and gathered yams, berries and other native plants.

European settlement[edit]

The first land grant in the area was made in 1806 to Mary King, youngest daughter of the Governor Phillip Gidley King. She didn't take possession of the property until 1827, after her marriage to Robert Copeland Lethbridge.[2] They built a house, which they named Werrington and farmed the surrounding estate until 1865 when Robert Lethbridge died. The house (which is still standing in Werrington County) was leased to NSW premier Henry Parkes between 1860 and 1872. Parkes arranged for the construction of a private railway platform nearby. In 1878, it was opened to the public as Parkes Platform but was renamed Werrington in 1893.[3] The railway station provided the nucleus around which the town grew although its distance from Sydney and Parramatta meant it never became a particularly large centre. The Werrington estate was sold and subdivided from the 1880s.[4] Werrington Post Office opened on 1 October 1891.[5]

Transport[edit]

Werrington railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. The station underwent a major upgrade in 2007, providing better access for the disabled with a new lift and establishing a paved carpark on the southern side of the station. Westbus operates routes 782 and 785 to Penrith from Werrington Station. Werrington is served by the Great Western Highway and the M4 Western Motorway (Mamre Road exit).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Werrington (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Penrith City History – Town Foundation: Early Town Plans and Subsequent Speculative Subdivision
  3. ^ The Department of Railways Research and Information Section (1966) Railway Quiz (Department of Railways) p12
  4. ^ "Penrith Local Suburb profiles – Werrington". Penrith City Council. Retrieved 13 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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