Kangaroo Point, New South Wales facts for kids
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Sydney, New South Wales
Kangaroo Point, view from Oyster Bay
|Population||576 (2011 census)|
|Location||22 km (14 mi) south of Sydney CBD|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Miranda|
Kangaroo Point is a tiny suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 22 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.
Kangaroo Point takes its name from the peninsula which sits on the southern bank of the Georges River. It is completely surrounded by the suburb of Sylvania which it was originally part of and still shares the same postcode. The suburbs of Kareela and Oyster Bay are located opposite the waterway of Oyster Bay. Blakehurst, Kyle Bay and Connells Point are located opposite the Georges River.
The traditional owners of Kangaroo Point peninsula are the Dharawal Aboriginal people and their archaeological heritage is evident on the peninsula with middens and rockshelters. After European settlement, the peninsula was acquired by John Connell Laycock as a Crown grant. Thomas Holt, a prominent landowner, financier and politician, bought it a few years later along with 13,000 acres (53 km2) across St George and Sutherland Shire. Insurance broker Wynn Roberts took over in 1910 before it was subdivided in 1916. The area used to be regarded as part of Sylvania because it was mostly vacant bushland.
According to the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population, there were 572 people usually resident in Kangaroo Point. 22.5% stated they were born overseas with the top countries of birth being Lebanon 5.0%, Greece 51.3% and Hong Kong. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 67.1% of residents and the most common other languages spoken were Greek 59.1%, Cantonese 4.5% and Arabic 4.0%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 27.6%, Anglican 21.3% and Orthodox 16.6%.
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