Dean Park, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Dean Park Shopping Centre
|Population||3,227 (2016 census)|
|Location||43 km (27 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Blacktown|
Dean Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Dean Park is located 43 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Western Sydney region.
Dean Park takes its name from the Dean family. William 'Lumpy' Dean (1776 - 1854) received two grants of land of 100 and 50 acres in 1817, and later a third one of 50 acres, beside Eastern Creek. His family owned the Bush Inn on the Western Highway. Dean Park is home to William Dean Public School named in honour of the Convict originally granted the land.
The suburb was originally planned and developed in the early 1980s. Some of the street names are aboriginal in origin such as Yarramundi Drive. It is said[by whom?] that other street names take on the names of the original site developers, the Hoyle brothers (Nathan, Kenneth and Wayne).
At the 2016 census, there were 3,227 residents in Dean Park. 58.2% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Philippines 8.6% and India 3.9%. 57.3% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Tagalog 5.9%, Arabic 5.3% and Hungarian 3.5%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 36.7%, No Religion 13.3% and Anglican 11.9%. Of occupied private dwellings in Dean Park, 95.9% were separate houses.
Notable former residents of Dean Park include:
- Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib.
- Frank Flores, who died in 2004 during a bus hijacking in the Philippines where he tried to protect more vulnerable people on the bus and was shot by gun wielding hijackers. Following his death, Frank Flores Park was named in his honour. A memorial prize is awarded annually by the Dean Park Neighbourhood Centre to young residents of Dean Park who, over the course of the year, excel in a particular field and reflect a general level of excellence. Frank was a keen member of the Dean Park Neighbourhood council.
- National Rugby League Grand Final champion Luke Swain.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Dean Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Sharpe 2000: 33
- "Dean Park". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "Yarramundi". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 January 2007.
- Philip Cornford (20 August 2004). "Bandits kill man on last trip home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2007.
- "Frank Flores Park". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 January 2007.