Horsley Park, New South Wales

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Horsley Park
SydneyNew South Wales
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Population1,837 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)2175
Location39 km (24 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Fairfield
State electorate(s)Mulgoa
Federal Division(s)McMahon
Suburbs around Horsley Park:
Kemps Creek Eastern Creek Prospect
Mount Vernon Horsley Park Wetherill Park
Mount Vernon Cecil Park Abbotsbury

Horsley Park is a suburb of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Horsley Park is located 39 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Fairfield. Horsley Park is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. It is a semi-rural suburb, located 5 km west of Wetherill Park and 11 km north-west of Fairfield.[2]

History[edit]

Aboriginal people from the Cabrogal tribe, a sub-group of the Gandangara tribe, have lived in the Fairfield area for over 30 000 years. European settlement began in Fairfield in the early 19th century. Horsley Park was originally part of Colonel George Johnston's 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) property "Kings Gift", which was given to him by Governor King for his part in putting down the Irish Rebellion at Vinegar Hill in 1804.

After his death it passed to his daughter Blanche who in 1829 married Major George Nicholas Weston. He built an Indian colonial style homestead on the property and named it "Horsley" after his birthplace in Surrey, England. Horsley Homestead is one of the few remaining early colonial buildings in the Fairfield district today protected by The Australian Heritage National Trust.

In 1959, the Horsley Drive (so named because it leads to Horsley Park) opened up as a continuous route from Lansvale. Horsley Park Public School was opened in 1931.[3]

Today, Horsley Park is known to have a rich Italian and Maltese heritage residing. It is also known for being the original location for the formation of Club Marconi.

Heritage listings[edit]

Horsley Park has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Population[edit]

At the 2016 census, there were 1,837 residents in Horsley Park. 63.6% of people were born in Australia with the next top countries of birth being Italy 7.5%, Malta 6.5% and Iraq 2.2%. 53.4% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 12.3%, Maltese 9.0% and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic 3.9%. Catholicism was the top religious affiliation, with 61.9% of people stating they were Catholic. [1]

Commercial area[edit]

There are a number of small farms in the area. A small group of shops is located on the main street, The Horsley Drive, including a grocer, lolly shop, newsagent and firearms store. Carlo's Supa IGA opened in 2011 on Horsley Rd.[5] The IGA Store also includes a liquor section.

Schools[edit]

The Horsley Park area contains three Schools to provide for the residents of Horsley park and Surrounding areas:

  • Marion Catholic Primary School (conjoined with the local Catholic Church)
  • Horsley Park Public School (which has been servicing the area since the 1930s)
  • St Narsai Assyrian Christian College (which relocated to the area in January 2018)[6]

Horsley Park also has its own child care provider trading as Horsley Kids since September 2005.

Churches[edit]

Horsley Park is Australia's "most god-fearing suburb", with 97% professing religious belief, mostly Catholic.[7]

Churches located in Horsley Park include:

  • Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, known for its Good Friday Procession
  • Spanish Community Bible Church
  • Horsley Park Christian Church (also known as Chung Chen Chinese Christian Church), founded by Chinese refugees from East Timor, and located in Horsley Park since 12 November 2000

Transport[edit]

The Westlink M7 motorway runs through Horsley Park. Bus route 813 operate between Horsley Park shops on the Horsley Drive and the Fairfield interchange


Climate[edit]

Climate data for Horsley Park (Sydney International Equestrian Centre)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.9
(112.8)
41.9
(107.4)
40.5
(104.9)
35.1
(95.2)
27.5
(81.5)
24.7
(76.5)
23.9
(75.0)
28.4
(83.1)
34.3
(93.7)
37.1
(98.8)
42.0
(107.6)
41.9
(107.4)
44.9
(112.8)
Average high °C (°F) 29.8
(85.6)
28.7
(83.7)
26.7
(80.1)
23.6
(74.5)
20.3
(68.5)
17.6
(63.7)
17.1
(62.8)
19.0
(66.2)
22.3
(72.1)
24.3
(75.7)
26.2
(79.2)
27.9
(82.2)
23.6
(74.5)
Average low °C (°F) 17.7
(63.9)
17.8
(64.0)
15.9
(60.6)
12.7
(54.9)
8.9
(48.0)
6.9
(44.4)
5.9
(42.6)
6.5
(43.7)
9.3
(48.7)
11.6
(52.9)
14.4
(57.9)
16.1
(61.0)
12.0
(53.6)
Record low °C (°F) 10.6
(51.1)
10.4
(50.7)
7.2
(45.0)
1.9
(35.4)
1.7
(35.1)
−1.8
(28.8)
−2.3
(27.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
0.7
(33.3)
3.6
(38.5)
6.6
(43.9)
9.0
(48.2)
−2.3
(27.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 66.9
(2.63)
116.2
(4.57)
76.4
(3.01)
69.1
(2.72)
47.8
(1.88)
65.8
(2.59)
40.3
(1.59)
32.3
(1.27)
37.3
(1.47)
57.1
(2.25)
84.9
(3.34)
58.8
(2.31)
757.6
(29.83)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 11.5 11.6 11.9 11.5 9.6 10.8 8.8 7.3 7.9 9.5 11.8 11.1 123.3
Average relative humidity (%) 49 53 54 53 52 55 50 42 42 45 50 48 49
Source: [8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Horsley Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/24
  4. ^ "Horsley complex (homestead, outbuildings, garden, farm)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00030. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Carlo's Supa IGA Horsley Park - STORE LOCATOR - Carlo's Group IGA". www.carlosiga.com.au.
  6. ^ St Narsai Assyrian Christian College relocates to Horsley Park by Chris Boulous, January 23, 2018
  7. ^ Faiths creating an Australia marked by postcodes of piety, The Australian, 26 July 2012; Bible belt's out: Sydney has a band of believers, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Climate statistics for Horsley Park". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 21 February 2011.

Coordinates: 33°51′30″S 150°51′19″E / 33.85832°S 150.85537°E / -33.85832; 150.85537