Emu Heights

Location: Where is Emu Heights?

Emu Heights, New South Wales, Australia is located on the western side of the Nepean River, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. It is bounded by the suburb of Emu Heights, the Blue Mountains Local Government Area and the Nepean River. The historic Old Bathurst Road which cuts through the suburb is used as a convenient road by those living in the lower Blue Mountains. Emu Heights rises above Emu Plains to overlook the Nepean Valley and the surrounding Penrith suburbs across the river. Emu Heights is on the Blue Mountains Escarpment which creates a unique blend of housing and natural beauty away from the busy flow of the city.

33 46′ S 150 39′ E


Postcode: 2750 Population: 3318 (2006 Census) Distance from Sydney: 58 km
Land Area: 3.44 km2 or 344 ha Density: 9.65 people per hectare (2006 Census) Emu Heights NSW on Google Maps
Government Electorates
Local Government: Emu Heights is located in North Ward of the Penrith Local Government area. These details will remain current until Local Government elections in 2012.
State Government: Emu Heights is located in the State Government Electorate of Penrith. Next elections are scheduled for March 2015.
Federal Government:  Emu Heights is located in the Federal Government Electorate of Lindsay. Next elections will be held in 2013.
Aboriginal Districts: Emu Heights is located in the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land CouncilArea. Next elections will be held in 2011.

Schools

Historical profile

Origin of the place name – Emu Heights

The name Emu Heights was formally assigned in early 1976. Prior to this time it was known locally as The Estate and was a neighbourhood of Emu Plains. Originally the area consisted of orchards and dairy farms but these gradually disappeared as the farms were sold and redeveloped. Residential development in the area, the topography, and the already growing usage of the name before 1976, all contributed to the name’s official assignation.

Historical Timeline

1789 26 June Captain Watkin Tench set out to explore western-most parts of the colony
1790 26 August Tench & Dawes explored the Nepean river and ‘saw three cassowaries’ – a precursor to naming Emu Plains.
1806 12 September Proclamation by William Bligh to prohibit crossing of the Nepean River.
1808 8 July Rebel Governor, Major Johnston, issued a land grant at Emu Plains to his son.
1819 11 Sep Proclamation to set up a convict Agricultural Establishment with Richard Fitzgerald as Superintendent.
1831   George Innes, a free settler from Bathurst obtained 400 acres near McCann’s Island and named it Emu Heights.
1832 20 May Village of Emu was laid out by the Government Surveyor
1930s   Emu Heights estate sold and subdivided as the Nepean Rver Estate.
1972   Emu Heights Primary School opened.
1976   The name Emu Heights formally assigned to the neighbourhood.
1996   Aboriginal paintings discovered in a cave near Emu Heights.

Bibliography

For more information on Emu Heights:

  • Search Penrith City Library’s Ipac Catalogue.
  • Search Penrith City Library’s Ipac Catalogue under Local Indexes for entries in the local newspapers, files, magazines and maps on Emu Heights. 
  • Search Penrith City Library’s Penrith in Pictures for photographs on Emu Heights.

Historical

  • Fairfax Sun Penrith Edition 10 December 1996, p. 4.
  • Fairfax Sun Penrith Edition 22 April 1997, p. 10.
  • Murray, Robert and White, Kate Dharug & Dungaree: The History of Penrith and St.Marys to 1860. Penrith City Council, Penrith, 1988.
  • Penrith District Star, 2 December 1981, p. 9.
  • Penrith City Library, Local Studies Vertical Files: Emu Plains/ Emu Heights.
  • Nepean District Historical Society, From Castlereagh to Claremont Meadows: Historical Places of Penrith City Council, Penrith,1997.
  • Parr, Lorna, A History of the Nepean and District Street Names, Nepean District Historical Society, Penrith, 1990.
  • Parr, Lorna, Penrith Calendar, Nepean District Historical Society, 1987.
  • Stacker, Lorraine, Chained to the Soil on the Plains of Emu: A History of the Emu Plains Government Agricultural Establishment 1819-1832, Penrith, 2000.
  • Stacker, Lorraine Pictorial history: Penrith & St Marys, Kingsclear Books, 2002.
  • Stevenson, Colin R., Place Names and their Origins within the City of Penrith, Penrith City Council, Penrith, 1985.