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Jamisontown
SydneyNew South Wales
Population 5,242 (2011 census)
 • Density 644.0/km2 (1,668/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2750
Area 8.14 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Location 56 km (35 mi) W of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Penrith
State electorate(s) Penrith
Federal Division(s) Lindsay
Suburbs around Jamisontown:
Emu Plains Penrith Penrith
Emu Plains Jamisontown South Penrith
Leonay Regentville Glenmore Park

Jamisontown, New South Wales is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 56 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Penrith, and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. It is on the eastern side of the Nepean River, just south of Penrith and bears the name of Thomas Jamison, a pioneer landowner and First Fleet surgeon.

History

Aboriginal culture

Prior to European settlement, what is now Jamisontown was home to the Mulgoa people who spoke the Darug language. They lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle governed by traditional laws, which had their origins in the Dreamtime. Their homes were bark huts called 'gunyahs'. They hunted kangaroos and emus for meat, and gathered sweet potatoes, berries and other native plants.

European settlement

In 1805, the then Surgeon-General (Principal Surgeon) of the Colony of New South Wales, Thomas Jamison (1752/53-1811), was granted 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) on the banks of the Nepean River, to the south of what is now Jamison Road. Later, the property passed to his son, Sir John Jamison (1776–1844), Kt, MD, MLC - a celebrated physician, land owner and political reformer, who erected a splendid mansion (since destroyed by fire) on the nearby Regentville estate during the 1820s.

The land at Jamisontown stayed rural for the next 150 years or so. In 1911, it was the departure point for the first cross-country flight in Australia, made by William Ewart Hart. In the 1960s the area began to be subdivided and developed and in 1976, Jamisontown was officially gazetted as a neighbourhood.

Jamison Town Post Office opened on 10 May 1889 and closed in 1931.

Transport

Mulgoa Road is the main road in the suburb, connecting with both Penrith and the M4 Western Motorway which in turn provides quick connection to greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains. The nearest railway station is at Penrith on the Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. Westbus provides three bus services in the area with the 794 connecting Jamisontown to Penrith, the 795 connecting to Penrith and Mulgoa, and the 797 connecting to Penrith and Glenmore Park.

Local Attractions

The Penrith Palace Ice Rink is located in Jamisontown close to the river.

Population

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 5,242 residents in Jamisontown. The majority of people were born in Australia and the most common ancestries were Australian, English and Irish. The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 31.2%, Anglican 27.5% and No Religion 15.0%.

Notable residents

  • Thomas Jamison (1745–1811), NSW surgeon-general and colonial landholder in Jamisontown.
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