Hunters Hill, New South Wales facts for kids
Sydney, New South Wales
Hunters Hill, New South Wales
|Area:||5.75 km² (2.2 sq mi)|
|Location:||9 km (6 mi) NW of Sydney CBD|
|LGA:||Municipality of Hunter's Hill|
|State District:||Lane Cove|
|Federal Division:||North Sydney|
Hunters Hill is a suburb on the North Shore in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Hunters Hill is located 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill.
Hunters Hill is situated on a small peninsula that separates the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River. It can be reached by bus or by ferry.
The area's Aboriginal name is 'Mookaboola' or 'Moocooboola', which means meeting of waters.
Hunters Hill was named after John Hunter, the second Governor of New South Wales, who was in office between 1795 and 1800.
The area that is now Hunters Hill was settled in 1835. One of the earliest settlers was Mary Reibey, the first female retailer in Sydney. She built a cottage—later known as Fig Tree House—on land that fronted the Lane Cove River; Reiby Street is named after her. During the 1840s, bushrangers and convicts who had escaped from the penal settlement on Cockatoo Island would take refuge in Hunters Hill.
Many of the suburb's early houses were built from the local sandstone. A number were built by Frenchman Didier Numa Joubert (1816–1881), who bought 200 acres (81 ha) of land from Mary Reiby from 1847 and used seventy stonemasons from Italy to construct solid artistic houses. Hunters Hill was proclaimed as a municipality on 5 January 1861. The first Gladesville Bridge constructed in 1881 linked the area to Drummoyne and the southern side of the Parramatta River.
In the early 20th century, there was an industrial area in Hunters Hill. One of the industries was a radium and uranium refinery operating from 1911 to 1915. The concentrated ore was transported over 1200km from Radium Hill in South Australia, 100km west of Broken Hill. At the time, uranium was considered a byproduct, but very small quantities of radium (which had been discovered in 1898) were very valuable. The refinery could produce about 5 milligrammes of radium bromide from a ton of ore, worth £20 per milligramme in 1912. The area is now residential, Nelson Parade, and demands to remove it saw a plan developed to transport it to an old quarry area besides Badgerys Creek that was licenced to receive low level radioactive waste; however all such planning ceased as Badgerys Creek International Airport was decided upon to proceed.
In the 2011 census of Population and Housing, the population of Hunters Hill stood at 8,994 people. The majority of people were born in Australia and the most common ancestries were English, Australian and Irish. The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 39.3%, No Religion 17.4% and Anglican 17.2%. For employed people, the most common occupations were Professionals 36.5%, Managers 23.4%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 14.2% and Sales Workers 8.1%.
The median household weekly income was high at $2,291. Monthly mortgage payments were also high, with a median of $3,033 compared with the national figure of $1,800.
- Halse Rogers Arnott, chairman of Arnott's
- Henry Budden, architect
- Cate Blanchett, actress; and spouse, Andrew Upton, writer
- Delta Goodrem, singer
- Brian McFadden, singer
- Eddie Obeid, a former Labor politician
- Ann Sanders, newsreader
- Lang Walker, property developer
- Spencer Baker, Universal Boss
Several bus routes run through Hunters Hill, consisting of the 506 to Sydney City and North Ryde / Macquarie Park: Macquarie University, Macquarie Park ; and the 536 to Chatswood.
Also the 538 and 505 run through Hunters Hill to the outer harbour ferry wharf : Woolwich.
The closest ferry wharves to Hunters Hill are Valentia Street Wharf: Woolwich and Huntleys Point.
There is a private hospital in Alexandra Street and in High Street, a Jewish nursing home and synagogue named the Sir Moses Montefiore Home. The historic Hunters Hill Town Hall is located in Alexandra Street, close to the historic post office.
The Great North Walk, a walking trail from Sydney to Newcastle, passes through Boronia Park; a large waterfront parkland reserve which contains Aboriginal drawings thought to date back to before the start of the colony.
The following buildings are heritage-listed:
- Public School including Eulbertie, Alexandra Street
- Post Office, Alexandra Street
- Town Hall, Alexandra Street
- St Ives, Crescent Street
- Anglican Church of All Saints, corner Ferry and Ambrose Streets
- Kyarra, Madeline Street
- Fig Tree House, Reiby Road
- Clifton, Woolwich Road
- Waiwera, Woolwich Road
- St Claire, Wybalena Road
- The Chalet, Yerton Avenue
- Woolwich Dock, Franki Avenue, Woolwich
- Former Garibaldi Inn, Alexandra Street
- Vienna, Alexandra Street (National Trust property)
Hunters Hill has an area of 5.75 square kilometres including some 650,000 square metres of parks and reserves. Developments are mostly residential.
Hunters Hill has a number of heritage-listed buildings and is positioned near the confluence of the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, as well as the headwaters of Sydney Harbour, which provides river and harbour views. Previously having a number of residents of French extraction, it was known as the "French Village" and shares a friendship with a sister city near Paris, Le Vésinet.
- The Official Community Profile of Hunters Hill
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