Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||417 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||159 m (522 ft)|
|LGA(s)||City of Campbelltown|
Gilead (//) is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Gilead is located 58 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region.
Gilead was a land named in the Bible and famed for its fields of wheat. It obviously seemed like an ideal name for a wheat farm when Reuban Uther was granted 400 acres (1.6 km2) in 1812 but Uther only persisted with his dream for six years before selling the estate.
The purchaser was Thomas Rose who renamed it Mount Gilead. Rose lived and farmed the estate from 1818 until his death in 1837. The estate was inherited by his son Henry Rose, until the foreclosure by the mortgagees in 1862.
In 1941, the land was bought by the Macarthur-Onslow family, owners of nearby Camden Park Estate, who still own it today. While there has been talk of suburban development, Gilead remains farmland just beyond the edge of suburbia.
Gilead has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gilead (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Family Notices". The Colonist. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 9 March 1837. p. 7. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 20 October 1862. p. 1. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "History of Gilead". Campbelltown City Council. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- "Beulah". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00368. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
- "Sugarloaf Farm". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01389. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
- Pamphlet on Mount Gilead prepared for its sale in 1888 (including drawings)
- "Gilead". Dictionary of Sydney. 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2015. [CC-By-SA]