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Quakers Hill, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°44′10″S 150°52′40″E / 33.73611°S 150.87778°E / -33.73611; 150.87778
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Quakers Hill
SydneyNew South Wales
Quakers Court shopping centre c. 2009
Population27,080 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,927.6/km2 (7,582/sq mi)
Elevation33 m (108 ft)
Area9.25 km2 (3.6 sq mi)[2]
Location40 km (25 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Blacktown
State electorate(s)Blacktown
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Quakers Hill:
Schofields The Ponds Parklea
Nirimba Fields Quakers Hill Acacia Gardens
Dean Park Glendenning Doonside Woodcroft Kings Park Marayong
A roundabout connecting Hambledon Road, Burdekin Road, and the Stanhope Parkway.

Quakers Hill is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) westnorth-west (WNW) of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown. Quakers Hill is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Quakers Hill is colloquially known as 'Quakers'.


The first recorded cartographic use in NSW of the 'Quaker' name is that of "Quaker's Row", today's Church Street, Parramatta. In November 1788 a second settlement was established by Governor Phillip at Rose Hill and was renamed in June 1791, Parramatta. In July 1790 he laid out his plan for the town, with High Street (now George) the main road with another (143 feet / 43.6 m wide) starting at the south bank of the river where Phillip intended a town square with government buildings and an extended wharf. This he named Quakers Row.[3]

Alan Sharpe, in his "Pictorial History Blacktown and District" (referenced below) on page 84 has no mention of the historic town plan of July 1790.

Development at Parramatta was swift, with the Rev Samuel Marsden establishing conformist religious services. The Quaker's Row inhabitants were moved further west to The Quaker's Hills, where they re-established themselves. It is said they were responsible for burying the dead in simple cairn marked graves that lay in the fields, paddocks and creeks who were all victims of the 1804 uprising and rebellion.

The name Quakers Hill was in an 1806 report of the area by government surveyor James Meehan. The origin of the name is unclear and the next references are more than sixty years later when Thomas Harvey used it for his property in what is now western Quakers Hill. When the railway station was built in 1872, it was called Douglas' Siding for over thirty years. The catalyst for the name change came with the subdivision of Harvey's Quakers Hill property in 1904. The residents of the newly forming village preferred that name and in 1905, the name of the railway station was changed to Quakers Hill.[4]

Postal services began in 1907 and the first post office was built in 1915. A school opened in the Presbyterian church hall in what is now Marayong in 1911 and Quakers Hill Public School took its first students in 1912. During the 1920s, the population grew dramatically, a number of shops opened in the area around the station and a public hall, the Empire Theatre, opened in 1925, screening movies and hosting dances. The village became a centre for the surrounding farms.[5]

In the 1960s, Sydney's suburban sprawl reached the Quakers Hill area and the five acre farms surrounding the village began to be subdivided. In 1994, HMAS Nirimba, a naval training property on the western side of the suburb, was decommissioned and converted into an educational precinct. In 1996, a new development in the north-east of Quakers Hill was converted into a new suburb, Acacia Gardens.[6] In November 2020, the small portion of the suburb north of Quakers Hill Parkway became part of the new suburb of Nirimba Fields.[2][7]

Nursing home fire[edit]

On 18 November 2011, an early morning fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home killed 11 elderly residents, seriously injured others and caused the evacuation of up to 100 people.[8][9] Three people died in the fire, and a further eight residents of the home died later in hospital from their injuries.[10][11] The fire started in two places and was regarded by police as suspicious.[8] A nurse working in the home, 36-year-old Roger Kingsley Dean, was charged for the fire and the deaths it caused and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.[12]


Public Transport to and from Quakers Hill is provided by train and a number of bus services by Busways, namely routes: 731 (outskirts), 732 (west), 734 (outskirts), 745 (all over), 752 (all over) and 753 (south). Quakers Hill railway station is on the Richmond line.[13] Bus services connect to Sydney Metro network at Tallawong, Rouse Hill and Bella Vista stations.

Quakers Hill has experienced much road development over recent years including the construction of a new road leading directly to the education precinct, bypassing the town centre. The Westlink M7, which links the suburb directly to all major routes in and out of the greater Sydney region, opened in December 2005. Following this opening the road overpass for the Quakers Hill Parkway has been widened from two to four lanes, including the bridge over the railway line, improving toll-free traffic flow between Richmond and Sunnyholt Roads.


Quakers Hill has a blend of old and new developments. There are some Housing Commission Houses (Public Housing) on the older (southern) side of Quakers Hill, mainly near Marayong. The western side of the railway line predominantly has houses on standard residential blocks, some built when HMAS Nirimba was an active naval base, others through the 1960s and 1970s. The eastern side of the railway line consists of dwellings constructed since the 1980s, with a high proportion of high density homes or townhouses.


Quakers Hill is home to numerous schools and educational institutions. The oldest is Quakers Hill Public School, opened in 1912.[14] Two other public primary schools (Barnier[15] and Hambledon[16]) were opened in the 1990s to cope with suburb's growing population. High schools in Quakers Hill are split between Quakers Hill High School, catering to Years 7–12,[17] and Wyndham College, years 11–12.[18] There is also a Catholic primary school (Mary Immaculate[19]) and high school (Terra Sancta College[20]). Post-secondary education is serviced by Nirimba TAFE College and the University of Western Sydney, Blacktown Campus. Four of these facilities (UWS, Nirimba TAFE, Wyndham and St John Paul II) are located together in the Nirimba Education Precinct.[21]


Shops in old part of Quakers Hill

Quakers Hill has become a fairly populated suburb, experiencing major growth in recent years. In 1991, the population was approximately 14,630 (1991 ABS Census) and in 1996, the population had grown by more than 4,000 people to 18,759 (1996 ABS Census). By 2006, the population of Quakers Hill had risen to 25,015.[22] The 2016 ABS Census recorded a further increase to 27,080 people.[23]

In the 2016 ABS Census, the majority of people from Quakers Hill were born in Australia (58.0%). The second top response was India (10.4%). Most people identified as having an Australian ancestry (19%), followed by English (18%).[23]

Most people from Quakers Hill identified as Catholic in 2016 (30.3%), followed by No Religion (15.5%).[23]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Quakers Hill (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Previous Suburb Boundaries and Names". Blacktown City Council. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.[dead link]
  3. ^ RTA NSW. "Parramatta... a heritage of roads and transport". Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ Sharpe, Alan: Pictorial History – Blacktown & District, page 84-87. Kingsclear Books, 2000 ISBN 0-908272-64-2
  5. ^ Sharpe, Alan: Pictorial History – Blacktown & District, page 87-89. Kingsclear Books, 2000 ISBN 0-908272-64-2
  6. ^ Sharpe, Alan: Pictorial History – Blacktown & District, page 2,90. Kingsclear Books, 2000 ISBN 0-908272-64-2
  7. ^ New Blacktown City suburbs officially named The National Tribune 2 November 2020
  8. ^ a b Glenda Kwek; Stephanie Gardiner; Saffron Howden; with AAP and Rachel Browne (18 November 2011). "A firefighter's worst nightmare' as multiple deaths confirmed after fire breaks out in nursing home". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Case 06: Roger Dean – Casefile: True Crime Podcast". Casefile: True Crime Podcast. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Nursing home tragedy claims 10th victim". smh.com.au. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Further fire victims named – Strike Force Westall" (Press release). NSW Police Force. 30 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Life sentence won't ease victims' pain". 2 August 2013.
  13. ^ "| transportnsw.info". transportnsw.info. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  14. ^ "Quakers Hill Public School". NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  15. ^ "Barnier Public School". NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  16. ^ "Hambledon Public School". NSW Department of Education. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  17. ^ "Quakers Hill High School". NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  18. ^ "Wyndham College". NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  19. ^ "Mary Immaculate Primary". Diocese of Parramatta. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  20. ^ "St John Paul II Catholic College College". Diocese of Parramatta. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  21. ^ "Nirimba Education Precinct" (PDF). NSW Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  22. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Quakers Hill (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  23. ^ a b c "2016 Census QuickStats: Quakers Hill". quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  24. ^ "'Sport running through her blood ': Mel McLaughlin steps into the 7 News nightly sports presenter role". 7News. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  25. ^ "'Didn't train, played video games all day'". 26 August 2015.
  26. ^ Georgakopoulos, C (4 October 2013). "Quakers Hill midfielder Aaron Mooy optimistic about Western Sydney Wanderers' second A-League season". The Daily Telegraph.

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