Cambridge Park, New South Wales

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Cambridge Park
SydneyNew South Wales
Cambridge Park is located in New South Wales
Cambridge Park
Cambridge Park
Coordinates33°44′54″S 150°44′4″E / 33.74833°S 150.73444°E / -33.74833; 150.73444Coordinates: 33°44′54″S 150°44′4″E / 33.74833°S 150.73444°E / -33.74833; 150.73444
Population6,726 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,557/km2 (6,624/sq mi)
Established1884
Postcode(s)2747
Elevation59 m (194 ft)
Area2.63 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Location53 km (33 mi) W of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Penrith
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Lindsay
Suburbs around Cambridge Park:
Cambridge Gardens Werrington Downs Werrington County
Penrith Cambridge Park Werrington County
Penrith Kingswood Werrington

Cambridge Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 53 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Penrith. It is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

History[edit]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Prior to European settlement, what is now Cambridge Park 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.[2]

European settlement[edit]

The first land grant in the area was made in 1831 to Phillip Parker King, son of the Governor Phillip Gidley King. He named it St Stephens although it later became part of the Werrington estate belonging to his sister Mary Lethbridge. It was run as a farm until the 1880s when the estate was subdivided into smaller farms, one of which became Cambridge Park. Development in the area began in the 1950s.[3] Cambridge Park Post Office opened on 2 January 1953 and closed around 1995.[4]

Housing[edit]

Developed mainly in the 1950s, the streets are at right angles to each other, unlike the curving street patterns of the newer suburbs to the north, and the houses are mostly fibro on quarter acre blocks.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 6,726 people in Cambridge Park.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.9% of the population.
  • 77.6% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 3.6% and New Zealand 2.0%.
  • 84.0% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 27.4%, No Religion 25.7% and Anglican 21.6%.[1]

Governance[edit]

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 Labor's Prue Car. Federally, it is part of the Division of Lindsay, represented by Liberal Party Melissa McIntosh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cambridge Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 October 2018. Edit this at WikidataCC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ "Dharug Aboriginal History". Christopher Tobin. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Penrith Local Suburb profiles – Cambridge Park". Penrith City Council. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 6 February 2021.

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