Werrington Downs

Location: Where is Werrington Downs?
Werrington Downs, New South Wales, Australia, is located within the City of Penrith. This residential suburb north of Cambridge Park is centrally located within the City. Werrington Downs butts up to the vast bushland of the ADI site on its northern border. The small suburbs of Werrington County and Cambridge Gardens are located on the eastern and western boundary, respectively, of Werrington Downs. It is a modern urban area with easy assess to Penrith and St Marys via Dunheved Road.  The suburb enjoys a quiet and peaceful atmosphere away from high traffic thoroughfares.
Postcode: 2747 Population: 3317 (2006 Census) Distance from Sydney: 52 km NW
Area: 1.09 km2 or 109 ha Density: 30.43 people per ha (2006 Census) Werrington Downs NSW on Google Maps

 

Government Electorates

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

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

Origin of the place name – Werrington

Werrington Downs forms part of Phillip Parker King’s original 1831 land grant, St Stephens. It was developed by Landcom as a residential estate from the late 1970s with the last lots being released in August 1981.

The suburb’s name is derived from the house by Governor King’s daughter, Mary and her husband Robert Copland Lethbridge. Werrington House was completed in 1832. Mary’s Farm was run as a farming estate until the land was subdivided in the 1880s.

1831   1500 acres granted to Phillip Parker King and named St Stephens grant.
1883 17 March

Werrington estate for sale including  Werrington House.

1970s   Urban development began.
1976   Werrington Downs gazetted as a neighbourhood.
1981 August Last lots released by Landcom.

For more information on Werrington Downs:

  • 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 Werrington Downs. 
  • Search Penrith City Library’s Penrith in Pictures Image Database for photographs on Werrington Downs.

Historical

  • Murray, Robert and White, Kate Dharug & Dungaree: The History of Penrith and St.Marys to 1860. Penrith City Council, 1988.
  • Nepean District Historical Society, From Castlereagh to Claremont Meadows: Historical Places of Penrith City Counci, Penrith, 1997.
  • Parr, Lorna, A History of the Nepean and District Street Names, Nepean District Historical Society, 1990.
  • Parr, Lorna, Penrith Calendar, Nepean District Historical Society, 1987.
  • 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, 1985.
  • Stickley, Christine, The Old Charm of Penrith, 2nd ed., the author, 1984.

Social

  • De Kaizer, Dawn & McFarlane, Colin Demographic information & community service needs of the estates of Cambridge Gardens, Werrington Downs, Werrington County, Penrith City Council, 1982.