South Penrith

Location: Where is South Penrith?

South Penrith, New South Wales Australia, is located south of the suburb of Penrith and the CBD of the City. The area was mostly made up of small farms before urban development in the 1970s. The suburb consists of undulating hills with wonderful views to the Blue Mountains. With its numerous tributaries into Peach Tree Creek and Surveyors Creek which flow into the Nepean River, the area boasts many fine orchards, vineyards and vegetable gardens. During the late 19th century most of South Penrith was part of the large York’s Estate. South Penrith is bounded on the south by the M4 Motorway, the west by York Road, east by parker Street (Northern Road) and north by Jamison Road. South Penrith hosts one of the largest and more distinctive recreation areas in the City. Once an aerodrome and racecourse, the 100-acre Jamison Park is an important venue for many sporting competitions such as netball, cricket and skateboarding. South Penrith is well located for easy access to Penrith’s CBD, shopping areas and retail outlets.

Postcode: 2750 Population: 11,760 (2016 Census) Distance from Sydney: 54.5 km W
Area: 5.07 km2 or 507 ha Density:  23.80 people per ha South Penrith NSW on Google Maps

Origin of the place name – South Penrith

The residential suburb of South Penrith was once known as the York Estate. York brothers, Charles and James purchased a substantial part of Sir John Jamison’s estates after his death. They purchased large sections of Orchard Hills, which was originally granted to Simeon Lord who sold to Jamison and the area south of Jamison Road which was once a grant to Jamison. The whole area from Orchard Hills to Jamisontown was known as the York Estate. Many small farmers lived on the York Estate and paid rent to the York brothers. Fruit orchards, dairy farms and vineyards covered the estate.

In the 1880s the York Estate was broken up and sold as suburban or rural blocks. For the next few decades this estate was gradually sold. Advertisements regularly appeared in the Nepean Times regarding the sale of land on the estate.

York Estate

Historical Timeline

18168 OctoberSimeon Lord land grant of 1000 acres
181718 JanuarySir John Jamison land grant of 1500 acres
1847Jamison’s land sold and broken up into small farms
1863 Jamison’s land sold and broken up into small farms
1888Penrith and Nepean Jockey Club purchase 100 acres of the York Estate to establish a race course
1889JanuaryYork’s Estate Farms for sale
1889JulyJames York died
1891JunePetition for a separate Municipality of Mulgoa by residents of Mulgoa Ward. Signed by 217 persons from Jamison Town, York Estate, Littlefields, Glenmore, Regentville, Mulgoa, Luddenham, and Winburn
1910JanuaryFurther advertisements for the sale of York Estate
1959JanuarySouth Penrith Public School opened


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