North Richmond, New South Wales

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North Richmond
SydneyNew South Wales
North Richmond is located in New South Wales
North Richmond
North Richmond
Coordinates33°35′21″S 150°42′40″E / 33.58917°S 150.71111°E / -33.58917; 150.71111Coordinates: 33°35′21″S 150°42′40″E / 33.58917°S 150.71111°E / -33.58917; 150.71111
Population4,977 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation27 m (89 ft)
State electorate(s)Hawkesbury
Federal division(s)Macquarie
Suburbs around North Richmond:
Kurrajong Kurmond and Tennyson Freemans Reach and Glossodia
Grose Vale North Richmond Richmond Lowlands
Grose Wold Agnes Banks Richmond

North Richmond is a semi-rural suburb of Richmond, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.[2] North Richmond is located 67 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Hawkesbury. It is separated from Richmond to the south-east by the Hawkesbury River.


The traditional land owners of the town and surrounding district are the Darug people. In the early years of European Settlement, the area was known as Enfield. The name was changed at a later date during the 19th century to avoid confusion with Enfield in Sydney's west. While located to the west of the town of Richmond, it is thought to have been named North Richmond because it was north of Richmond Hill. This hill was named by Governor Philip when travelling up the Hawkesbury River in 1789.

In 1833 the "Woolpack Inn" was opened on higher ground near the river crossing, by John Town, a prominent local landowner. In 1874 the name changed to the "Travellers' Rest". In 1933 a more modern hotel was built next to the old inn and in 1940 was renamed the "North Richmond Hotel".

North Richmond bridge undergoing repairs, Sydney, ca. 1871

In the 1860s a wooden bridge was built across the Hawkesbury River to provide an easier crossing than the ferry or punt which had been used. In 1905 it was replaced by a higher-level bridge which was the largest reinforced concrete bridge to be constructed. It remained so for 20 years. In 1926 a railway branch line between Richmond and Kurrajong was opened. The railway bridge was built right next to the concrete bridge. The line curved to the right at the western end of the bridge before curving back around to cross Bells Line of Road at an angle near the intersection with Grose Vale Road. North Richmond had a railway station. When the line closed in 1952, the railway bridge became part of the roadway.

Beside a hotel and school, North Richmond also had a police station and lockup and a Wesleyan (Methodist) Chapel.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 4,977 people in North Richmond.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.4% of the population.
  • 83.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 4.5%.
  • 90.8% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 25.7%, Anglican 25.3% and Catholic 24.7%.[1]


North Richmond has three main roads. These are Grose Vale Road, Bells Line of Road and Terrace Road. North Richmond has a shopping mall consisting of a Coles supermarket and various shops including Domino's Pizza and Subway. There is the local primary school called Richmond North Public School and the high school, Colo High School. West of the town is the mountains and east is the Hawkesbury River. A Panthers Club is located in North Richmond. There are three main parks in North Richmond, John Wellington Oval, Turnbull Oval and Inalls Lane. Cricket is played at John Wellington Oval and Turnbull Oval. Soccer is played at Turnbull Oval and Inalls Lane. The Colo Cougars Soccer Club are based at Inalls Lane.

Heritage listings[edit]

North Richmond has the following heritage listings:


Richmond North Public School on Grose Vale Road was established in 1871. It replaced the Church of England Denominational School which had operated at Enfield (as North Richmond was then known) for many years. Mr George Sanders, formally in charge of the Denominational School, was appointed the first teacher. The 1871 building was demolished to make way for new school buildings in the mid-1960s. Colo High School was established in 1978 in demountable buildings at North Richmond. The current permanent site was occupied in 1980. The blue and white colours were chosen to match colours selected by the Uniform Committee. Mr Sam Weller, the school's first Deputy Principal, suggested using the school building plan as a basis for the logo. Mr David Stone, founding Mathematics teacher, drew up the design which was accepted as the school badge. The shape also represents the Tree Of Knowledge, and its three sections, Students, Staff and the Community.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Richmond". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 December 2019. Edit this at WikidataCC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. ^ "North Richmond". NSW Place and Road Naming Proposals System. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Yobarnie Keyline Farm". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01826. Retrieved 21 January 2020.