Schofields, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Schofields village shops
|Population||4,983 (2016 census)|
|Location||45 km (28 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Blacktown|
|Federal Division(s)||Greenway, Chifley|
Schofields is a growing suburb on the fringe of Sydney's urban sprawl, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Schofields is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the Blacktown local government area. It is part of Greater Western Sydney's North West Growth Area.
As at the 2016 Census, Schofields had an estimated population of 4,983. In 2001, Schofields had an estimated population of 3,012. Over the 15 year period, Schofield's population increased by 165.4%. The suburb is on the rural-urban fringe of Sydney, and is expanding rapidly. It is in the NSW Government's North West Growth Area. Schofields has numerous housing developments underway, which are expected to provide over 2,950 new homes.
Schofields is a mostly Catholic area (30.8%). The second largest religion is No Religion (17.7%). The most spoken language in Schofields is English, with Hindi being the second most spoken language at 3.7%. The majority of people from Schofields identified as Australian (21.3%), followed closely by English (20.4%). The third largest ancestry was Indian at 8.4%.
Most people from Schofields drove a car to work in 2016 (61.8%), however this is expected to change when the new North West Rail Link is complete. The suburb will house the Terminus Station for the Sydney Metro Northwest.
John Schofield (1803–1884) was transported from England to the Colony of New South Wales for stealing when he was just 17 years old. At the time he was a silk weaver from Cheshire. He was transported aboard HMS Minerva in 1821 and was assigned to work for Thomas Harley, a free-settler, on his farm at Baulkham Hills. In 1828, Schofield was granted a Ticket of Leave, which allowed him to live freely within the district of Parramatta. In 1829, he married Bridget Harley, the daughter of his former employer. Schofield then rented Gillingham Farm, located near the Eastern Creek.
The Schofields delivered eight offspring; five males and three females. In 1841, Schofield bought three 0.25 acres (0.10 ha) blocks of land along the Windsor Road. Unfortunately, due to falling wool prices and a general state of depression in the colony, Schofield became bankrupt in 1843. New government concessions introduced a few years later allowed Schofield to buy 600 acres (240 ha) of land around the area now known as Schofields in 1845. In 1849, Schofield and two of his sons, William and Samuel, sailed to California in the hope of finding gold. He returned in 1850 with some gold, but their ship, the Rosetta Joseph struck land and became ship wrecked. Aboard life-boats and in very rough seas, the passengers were rescued at Port Macquarie after ten days. Schofield and his sons returned to their farm with enough gold to pay off most of his debts. Just before Christmas in 1851, Bridget Schofield died. The discovery of gold in New South Wales and a rise in the economy provided Schofield with enough money to pay off his mortgage and develop his keen interest in horseracing.
The railway line from Blacktown to Windsor opened in 1864 and passed through Schofield's land. In 1872, a stopping place was recognised on Schofield's land and a small platform made from railway sleepers was built after that to make boarding the train safer. This platform was known as Schofield's Siding. The name changed over the years to Schofields.
In his later life, Schofield set up a sawmill beside the railway line and used the trees from his paddocks in Schofields to supply timber for housing. John Schofield died in 1884.
Parks, recreation and essential services
Schofields Park, on Station Street, is the home of the Riverstone Schofields Junior Soccer Football Club.
The village also has a Community Hall that can be hired out for parties and is also regularly used by the local Church Group on Sunday mornings.
The village also has a NSW Rural Fire Service brigade, known as Schofields Bush Fire Brigade. They regularly attend house fires, car accidents, bush fires and most other emergencies in the area that require fire brigade attendance. A Woolworths Supermarket recently opened up across the road from the new Schofields railway station.
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