Wahroonga, New South Wales facts for kids
Sydney, New South Wales
Marian Clarke Building, Abbotsleigh School
|Area:||8.2 km² (3.2 sq mi)|
|Location:||22 km (14 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
Wahroonga is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 22 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council and Hornsby Shire.
Wahroonga is an Aboriginal word meaning our home. In the early days of British settlement in New South Wales, the main activity was cutting down the tall trees which grew there. Wahroonga was first settled in 1822 by Thomas Hyndes, a convict who became a wealthy landowner.
Hyndes's land was later acquired by John Brown, a merchant and timber-getter. After Brown had cleared the land of timber, he planted orchards. Later, Ada, Lucinda and Roland Avenues were named after three of his children. His name has ì in Browns Road, Browns Field and Browns Waterhole on the Lane Cove River. The last member of the Brown family was Gertrude Mary Appleton, who died in 2008 at the age of ninety-three. She is buried in the cemetery of St John the Baptist Church, Gordon.
After the North Shore railway line was opened in 1890 it became a popular place for wealthy businessmen to build out-of-town residences with large gardens. Wahroonga Post Office opened on 15 October 1896. Much of this development occurred in the 1920s and 1930s.
Wahroonga is known for its tree-lined, shady streets. Notable streets include Burns Road, Water Street and Billyard Avenue.
The Rose Seidler House, in Clissold Road, built by Harry Seidler between 1948 and 1950, was one of the first examples of modern residential architecture in Australia.
Highlands, in Highlands Avenue, is a timber house designed by John Horbury Hunt and built in 1891 for Alfred Hordern. Hunt was a Canadian architect who used the Arts and Crafts style and the Shingle Style popular in North America. Highlands is now on the Register of the National Estate.
Architect William Hardy Wilson designed and built his own home, Purulia, on Fox Valley Road. Built in 1913, the home is in the Colonial Revival style and became, according to some observers, a prototype for North Shore homes. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate.
Berith Park, in Billyard Avenue, was designed by F. Ernest Stowe for Alfred Smith, who bought the land in 1897. The house was finished circa 1909.
Westholme, in Water Street, was designed by Howard Joseland in the Arts and Crafts style for John Bennett, one of the pioneer developers of Wahroonga. Bennett came from England but migrated to Australia with his wife and acquired property at Wahroonga in 1893. Westholme was built in 1894. Another house was added at the other end of the block, but this was demolished in 1991 after changing hands several times.
The Gatehouse, in Water Street, was originally part of the John Williams Hospital. It is heritage-listed.
Craignairn, at the corner of Burns Road and Cleveland Street, was also designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Howard Joseland. The client was Walter Strang.
Joseland also built his own home Malvern two doors away from the Strang home in Burns Road. An example of the Federation Bungalow style, it has been described as "unpretentious and solidly comfortable." Between Craignairn and Malvern in Burns Road, Joseland also built Coolabah, another fine Federation Bungalow example.
The Briars, in Woonona Avenue, is built on land that was granted to John Hughes in 1842, and later divided into four estates. Jessie Edith Balcombe built The Briars on one of these estates in 1895. It is heritage-listed.
Wahroonga Park is located north of the railway station, and features a significant number of well established introduced trees, and a children's playground. The Glade, located near Abbotsleigh, has two tennis courts, a half basketball court and a large circular oval where Football and Cricket can be played. There is also a small Blue Gum High Forest, next to the tennis courts. Browns Field is a small sporting oval, formerly a historic logging area.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located north of Wahroonga. It is the second oldest national park in Australia and is very popular, offering many walking tracks, picnic spots and Aboriginal sites with rock carvings. The park has a large proportion of the known Aboriginal sites in the Sydney area.
According to the 2011 Census, the most common languages spoken at home in Wahroonga were English (77.9%), Cantonese (3.2%), Mandarin (3.1%), Korean (1.6%) and Hindi (0.9%). The most common responses for religion in Wahroonga were Anglican 24.6%, Catholic 23.1%, No Religion 20.0%, Uniting Church 6.3% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.3%.
- Halse Rogers Arnott, medical practitioner, company director and chairman of Arnott's lived in Burns Road
- David Campese, former Wallaby
- Grace Cossington Smith, Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting, attended Abbotsleigh School
- Richard Clapton, musician
- Nicholas Fitzgerald, football (soccer) player for the Brisbane Roar
- Martin Flood, Australian quiz champion
- Adam Garcia, actor
- Peter Garrett, frontman of 1980s band Midnight Oil and Member of the Australian House of Representatives for Kingsford Smith from 2004 to 2013 was born and raised here.
- Mel Gibson, actor, was educated by members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers at St Leo's Catholic College during his high school years
- Stuart Inder, journalist, editor and specialist in Pacific Islands affairs
- Hugh Jackman, actor
- Howard Joseland, architect, responsible for many of Wahroonga's finest early homes.
- Ollie McGill, keyboardist and backing vocalist for The Cat Empire
- William Hardy Wilson, architect, artist and author
- Ellyse Perry, Australian dual-international footballer and cricketer
- Harry Wolstenholme, lawyer and amateur ornithologist lived in Wahroonga
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