Denistone, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Denistone Station building April 2013.jpg
Gordon Crescent, Denistone railway station
Population3,751 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation50 m (164 ft)
Location16 km (10 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Ryde
RegionNorthern Sydney
State electorate(s)Ryde
Federal division(s)Bennelong
Suburbs around Denistone:
Eastwood Eastwood Eastwood
Denistone West Denistone Denistone East
West Ryde West Ryde West Ryde

Denistone is a suburb in Northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Denistone is located 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Ryde. Denistone West and Denistone East are separate suburbs.


Denistone is derived from the name of a home built in the area called Dennistone.

The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe lived in the area between the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River, which was known as Walumetta. Gregory Blaxland, a free settler, purchased the 182.1-hectare (450-acre) Brush Farm estate in 1806, shortly after his arrival in the colony. This estate covered most of the area south from Terry Road to Victoria Road and Tramway Street, and east from Brush Road to Shaftsbury Road. In 1829 Blaxland transferred Brush Farm Estate to his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Dr Thomas Forster. Forster expanded the estate by purchasing the Porteous Mount grants of 48.6 hectares (120 acres) on the Denistone ridge in 1830. Denistone was named after Forster's home "Dennistone", burnt down by bushfires in 1855. Richard Rouse Terry acquired the land from the Blaxlands in 1872 where he rebuilt Denistone House, now within the grounds of Ryde Hospital. The Denistone estate, centered on Denistone House, was a late subdivision, not opened up for sale until 1913.[2] Another historic house in Denistone is The Hermitage which was built by Gregory Blaxland's son, John Blaxland in about 1842.

Heritage listings[edit]

Denistone has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Denistone railway station is on the Main Northern railway line of the Sydney Trains network. Denistone is predominantly residential, free of an expedient commercial hub. Its centre is considered to be the railway station, which was built in 1937, extending to Darvall Park.


Denistone sits in the state electorate of Ryde whose member is Victor Dominello, and the Federal electorate of Bennelong whose member is Jerome Laxale.


A walkway leading into Darvall Park

Darvall Park is a forest reserve near the railway line at Denistone. Flora includes Sydney blue gum, red olive berry, orange bark, waddy wood and forest nightshade. Despite over thirty years of bush regeneration, large areas of Darvall Park are heavily infested with weeds. Privet, Chinese privet, lantana, Madeira vine, taro and trad. The ringtail possum, Australian king parrot and satin bowerbird are sometimes seen here.



At the 2016 census, there were 3,751 residents in Denistone. 58.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 12.8% and South Korea 4.2%. 56.2% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 13.3%, Cantonese 8.2% and Korean 5.4%. The most common responses for religion in were No Religion, so described 31.9%, Catholic 27.5%, Anglican 10.6% Of occupied private dwellings, 83.6% were separate houses and 15.7% were semi-detached,.[1]


Median weekly household income is $2,333.

Notable people[edit]

Arthur Beetson, renown as one of the greatest Australian Rugby league players of all time used to live in Denistone.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Denistone (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson, 1990 ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 83
  3. ^ "Hermitage and Garden". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning and Environment. H00777. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CC BY icon.svg Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.

External links[edit]

Media related to Denistone, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°48′03″S 151°05′11″E / 33.80085°S 151.08648°E / -33.80085; 151.08648