Shanes Park, New South Wales

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Shanes Park
SydneyNew South Wales
Coordinates 33°42′40″S 150°46′20″E / 33.71118°S 150.77224°E / -33.71118; 150.77224Coordinates: 33°42′40″S 150°46′20″E / 33.71118°S 150.77224°E / -33.71118; 150.77224
Population 400 (2011 census)[1]
Location 50 km (31 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Blacktown
State electorate(s) Londonderry
Federal Division(s) Chifley
Suburbs around Shanes Park:
Llandilo Berkshire Park Marsden Park
St Marys Shanes Park Marsden Park
Ropes Crossing Willmot Shalvey

Shanes Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Shanes Park is located 50 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.


John Harris (Australian settler)(1841-1910) [2] He was born in Ireland, his father's name was Samuel Harris of Ireland and he was the brother of David Harris of Rochester who lived in New York USA. In 1832 he acquired a tailor named William Brown who came on the Isabella (4),[3] a labourer named John Hilliard who came on the "Marquis of Hastings"[4] and a ploughman named Thomas O'Neill who came on the "Sophia".[5] At that time John Harris was living at his residence at Shanes Park. In July 1840 he subscribed £50 towards the building of the Presbyterian Church at Windsor.[6] Between 1847 - 1848 he was the publican of the "Travellers Inn" in the Penrith district.[7] In 1859 he was selling his "Diggers Arms" inn that was situated opposite Minchinbury on the Western Road.[8] In 1864 he was on the Committee of the Penrith Flood Relief Fund.[9] In 1867 he used his boat to pluck several residents from their flooded homes at Llandilo when almost every farmer's crops were destroyed.[10] In 1881 he was making a monetary claim on the NSW Government Public Works regarding the resumption of his land on the west side of Darling Harbour.[11] In 1882 he donated ₤50 to the Lang Memorial.[12] In 1887 during the St Mary's Bullock Roast and Sports Day on Victoria Park the bullock was donated by John Harris.[13] In 1891 he built the St Marys Hall at St Marys.[14] He died at his residence at Shanes Park at the age of 69 years in 1910.[15] There is a death notice in the Singleton Argus dated 23/12/1891 that says he was run over by a train at Harris Park but that was Surgeon Dr John Harris (no relation).

In 1960, the eastern portion of Shane's Park was purchased by the Commonwealth government to house an air navigational facility. Substantial heritage from this facility remains to this day.[16] As this required very little space, most areas of the site were retained as intact bushland, while other areas regenerated naturally. The 560 site known as 'Shane's Park' now comprises one of the largest remaining woodlands in the Cumberland Plain (western Sydney).

Shane's Park woodland[edit]

The Shane's Park woodland is possibly the most intact remnant of the vegetation which once covered western Sydney, and contains a wide range of vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered flora, fauna and ecological communities.[17] The site is particularly renowned for its woodland bird fauna, including the Speckled Warbler. The site is not open to public access.

The present owners, Air Services Australia (a Federal government entity), consider the site surplus to their needs, and propose to hand over ownership as a public reserve to the New South Wales government. The Deed of Agreement for transfer requires the NSW government to gazette the land as regional park. This requirement has caused conflict with some community organisations.[18] The National Parks & Wildlife Act (s. 30 H) outlines the purpose of a regional park as being for recreation only, and does not expect management for wildlife conservation.

If the deed is signed, it is likely that the site will be amalgamated into the adjoining (in-development) Wianamatta Regional Park. Opponents to regional park gazettal for Shane's Park have also opposed the plans for Wianamatta Regional Park, which provide for commercial recreational opportunities and the fencing and culling of native fauna populations for public safety.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Shanes Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 19/10/1910 DEATHS
  3. ^ Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser 14/6/1832
  4. ^ Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser 21/6/1832
  5. ^ Sydney Gazette & NSW Advertiser 5/7/1832
  6. ^ The Colonist - Sydney NSW 25/7/1840
  7. ^ NSW State Archives
  8. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 16/9/1859
  9. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 11/7/1864
  10. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 28/6/1867
  11. ^ The Burrows News 2/12/1881
  12. ^ Freemans Journal 4/11/1882
  13. ^ Nepean Times 13/8/1887
  14. ^ Nepean Times 17/10/1891
  15. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 19/10/1910
  16. ^ Anonymous. "History & Heritage". Shane's Park. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  17. ^ Anonymous. "Shanes Park Woodland". Shane's Park. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Anonymous. "The Case for Nature Reserve". Shane's Park. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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