Greendale, New South Wales

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Greendale
SydneyNew South Wales
Greendale is located in New South Wales
Greendale
Greendale
Coordinates33°55′12″S 150°40′12″E / 33.92000°S 150.67000°E / -33.92000; 150.67000Coordinates: 33°55′12″S 150°40′12″E / 33.92000°S 150.67000°E / -33.92000; 150.67000
Population352 (2016 census)[1]
Established1848
Postcode(s)2745
LGA(s)City of Liverpool
State electorate(s)Camden
Federal Division(s)Hume
Suburbs around Greendale:
Wallacia Wallacia Luddenham
Silverdale Greendale Bringelly
Werombi Cobbitty Bringelly

Greendale is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

History[edit]

Greendale was originally home to the Mulgoa tribe of the Darug people.[2] The first British explorer to visit the area was botanist George Caley in 1800. A number of land grants were made in the area in 1811, one of which was to a Mary Birch who named her property Greendale. Another 1811 grant was made to Ellis Bent who was the colony's judge-advocate. Bents Basin, a recreational area on the Nepean Rivert at Greendale is named after him.[3]

The land was mainly used for wheat farming until 1861 when wheat rust infected the entire crop. The local farmers tried other crops unsuccessfully and gradually moved to other pastoral areas, effectively killing off the town that had grown up in the area. By 1929, the bakery, post office, school and churches had all closed down. A bushfire in 1939 destroyed virtually all the buildings left in the town. Today, even though the suburb has a population of a few hundred, there is no town centre.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Greendale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 May 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Aboriginal People and Place". City of Sydney. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  3. ^ a b "History of our suburbs: Greendale". Liverpool City Council. Archived from the original on 18 April 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008.