Chester Hill

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Chester Hill
SydneyNew South Wales
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Nugent Park, Chester Hill
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Population12,814 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)2162
Location23 km (14 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Blaxland
Localities around Chester Hill:
Guildford
Old Guildford
South Granville Auburn
Villawood Chester Hill Sefton
Bass Hill Bass Hill Bass Hill
Waldron Road shops

Chester Hill, a suburb of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council local government area, is located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Chester Hill shares the postcode of 2162 with the neighbouring suburb of Sefton.

History[edit]

An early market garden and orchard area north-west of Bankstown, it developed into a residential and light industrial area after the Regents Park railway line came through in 1924. The construction site of the station was known as Boroya, an aboriginal word of unknown meaning, but when the station open on 8th October 1924, it carried the name Chester Hill.

A local resident, Miss H. A. McMillan first suggested that the new railway station should be called Hillcrest (after an estate near Regent's Park), but many objections were raised and the name was discarded.[2] Miss McMillan then suggested Hillchester, after a quaint town in England, but this also wasn't well received by the community (It was later learnt that McMillian created the story of an English town to gain support for the name, as no such locality with the name Hillchester exists). Suggesting yet another name, McMillian recommended Chester Hill which was received far better than her previous suggestions.

The area that became Chester Hill was originally the southern part of John Thomas Campbell's Campbell Hill estate, which covered 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in 1815 between Parramatta, Liverpool and Woodville Roads. Much of this land remained undeveloped until the first subdivision was made in the 1920s when the first shops were also built. The post office opened in July 1934, and the first public school in January 1945. [3]

A significant tract of land between Priam and Hector Streets had been occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from the 1960s.[citation needed] This area was used for accommodation and mess facilities for the nearby 2 Stores Depot (Regents Park) and the Ground Equipment Maintenance Squadron (Villawood). These properties were disposed of and subsequently acquired first by the Southern Cross Bible College and then by Salamah (Muslim) College.

Commercial area[edit]

Chester Square in Chester Hill is the main shopping centre, catering for the catchment of Chester Hill, Sefton, Birrong and Bass Hill, and directly situated behind the main road of Waldron Road. Amenities in the suburb include the Chester Hill branch of the Bankstown City Library, Chester Hill Fire Station, a community centre.

Transport[edit]

Schools[edit]

There are five schools in Chester Hill, Chester Hill Public School and Chester Hill North Public School, which cater for Years K-6, Chester Hill High School catering for Years 7-12, Sefton High School which is a partially selective high school also catering for Years 7-12 and Salamah College (sister school of Al Amanah College) only established in 2012.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Parks in Chester Hill include Campbell Hill Reserve, Everley Park, Nugent Park, the Terry Lamb Complex, which incorporates Frank Bamfield Oval, and Abbott Park which is home to the Chester Hill Youth Cricket Club and Chester Hill Hornets Junior Rugby league Club. Recreational amenities also include an RSL Club, bowling club and community garden.

Churches[edit]

St John Mark's Parish Church (Anglican), Proctor Parade (that replaced St Mark's Church,Chester Hill and St John's Church, Sefton), Immacuate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Proctor Parade, Sefton - but including Chester Hill within its parish),Hope Central Church (formerly Priam, now Christina Road) Campbell Hill Road, St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Baptist Church (both in Priam Street), Gnadenfrei, German Lutheran Church, and Hope Harvest Centre: Christian Mission Fellowship (CMF).

Population[edit]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2016 census, there were 12,814 residents in Chester Hill. 50.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Vietnam 9.9%, Lebanon 7.1%, China 4.1%, New Zealand 1.7% and Iraq 1.4%. In Chester Hill 32.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 23.3%, Vietnamese 12.1%, Cantonese 4.5%, Mandarin 4.1% and Italian 1.1%. The most common responses for religion were Islam 27.1%, Catholic 20.1%, No Religion 13.3% and Buddhism 10.7%. The median household weekly income in Chester Hill was $1,125, lower than the national median of $1,438. [1]

Chester Hill is officially the gun capital of Sydney, with one registered firearm for every 3.8 residents according to 2015 police data.

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Chester Hill is part of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council. The area to the north of the pipeline is part of the Cumberland Council. For state elections, Chester Hill is split between the electorates of Bankstown and Auburn. Federally, it lies in the division of Blaxland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Chester Hill (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 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. ^ "Chester Hill". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 60

Coordinates: 33°52′42″S 151°0′16″E / 33.87833°S 151.00444°E / -33.87833; 151.00444