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: 11,562 (2006 Census) Distance from Sydney: 54.5 km W
Area: 5.07 km2 or 507 ha Density:  22.80 people per ha South Penrith NSW on Google Maps


Government Electorates

Local Government: South Penrith is located in the South Ward of the Penrith Local Government area. Next elections will be held in 2012.

State Government: South Penrith is located in the State Government Electorate of Penrith. Next elections are scheduled for March 2015.
Federal Government: South Penrith is located in the Federal Government Electorate of Lindsay. Next elections will be held in 2013.
Aboriginal Districts: South Penrith is located in the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council Area. Next elections are scheduled for 2011.

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.

Historical Timeline

1816 8 October Simeon Lord land grant of 1000 acres
1817 18 January Sir John Jamison land grant of 1500 acres
1847   Jamison’s land sold and broken up into small farms
1863   Jamison’s land sold and broken up into small farms
1888   Penrith and Nepean Jockey Club purchase 100 acres of the York Estate to establish a race course
1889 January York’s Estate Farms for sale
1889 July James York died
1891 June Petition 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.
1910 January Further advertisements for the sale of York Estate.
1959 January South Penrith Public School opened

For more information on Agnes Banks:

  • Search Penrith City Library’s Ipac Catalogue under subject or title.
  • Search Penrith City Library’s Ipac Catalogue under Local Indexes for entries in the local newspapers, files, magazines on South Penrith. 
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  • Nepean District Historical Society, From Castlereagh to Claremont Meadows: Historical Places of Penrith City Council, 1997.
  • Parr, Lorna, A History of the Nepean and District Street Names, Penrith, Nepean District Historical Society, 1990.
  • Penrith City Library Local Subject Files – Cambridge Gardens.
  • Stacker, Lorraine Pictorial history: Penrith & St Marys, Kingsclear Books, 2002.
  • Stevenson, Colin R., Place Names and their Origins within the City of Penrith, Penrith, Penrith City Council, 1985.
  • Stickley, Christine, The Old Charm of Penrith, 2nd ed., the author, St. Marys, 1984.