Cambridge Gardens, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,014 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,722/km2 (7,050/sq mi)|
|Elevation||35 m (115 ft)|
|Area||0.74 km2 (0.3 sq mi)|
|Location||54 km (34 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Penrith|
Cambridge Gardens is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Cambridge Gardens is located 54 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.
Prior to European settlement, what is now Cambridge Gardens was home to the Mulgoa 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. Shortly after the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia in 1788, an outbreak of smallpox decimated the local indigenous communities and made it easier for settlers to dispossess them of their land.
The first land grant in the area was made in 1831 to Phillip Parker King, son of the Governor Phillip Gidley King. It became part of the Werrington estate belonging to his sister Mary Lethbridge and was run as a farm until the 1880s when the estate was subdivided into smaller farms. This area was renamed Cambridge Park. In 1978, a second primary school was established in Cambridge Park and given the name Cambridge Gardens Public School. Three years later, the name was adopted for the surrounding area and the suburb of Cambridge Gardens was born.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 2,014 residents in Cambridge Gardens. 82.0% of people were born in Australia and 89.7% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 33.0%, No Religion 25.5% and Anglican 22.5%.
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At a local government level, Cambridge Park is part of the north ward of Penrith City Council, represented by Lexie Cettolin, Kevin Crameri, Ross Fowler, Pat Sheehy (currently mayor of Penrith) and John Thain. At the state level, it is part of the Electoral district of Londonderry, represented by Liberals' Bart Bassett. Federally, it is part of the Division of Lindsay, represented by Liberal Party member Fiona Scott.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cambridge Gardens (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 October 2018. Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- "Dharug Aboriginal History". Christopher Tobin. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
- "Penrith Local Suburb profiles – Werrington Downs". Penrith City Council. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007.