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Carnes Hill

What’s in a Name?

The suburb of Carnes Hill is named for Thomas Carne, who was granted land near the current location of Carnes Hill in the Parish of Cabramatta in 1819.

Carne named his grant Bellevue. The land grant of 285 hectares was bounded by Bringelly Road, Edmondson Avenue, Eleventh Avenue and where the end of Fifth and Sixth Avenues now terminate. Carne was a lieutenant in the 46th Regiment and was the Coroner at Liverpool until 1825 when he returned to England.

Carnes Inn, situated on the eastern slopes of the hill, was a well-known watering hole for locals and travellers during the early days of the Colony. Because of this landmark the name Carnes Hill began to appear on geographical records of the area.


Carne’s Hill was one of three locations for tollgates managed by the Liverpool Road Trust in 1849. The tollgates were used to collect money to pay for repairs and road leases. The Carne’s Hill tollgate was at the junction of the Cowpasture and Bringelly Roads.

Liverpool City Library, Suburbs of Liverpool (2014). Available in the Local Studies Collection under LS994.41 Sub.

Pictorial History: Liverpool & District by Carol Liston (2009), p. 20

LIVERPOOL ROAD TRUST. (1849, December 18). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 1876. Retrieved May 25, 2021, from

Compiled by Liverpool City Library. Suburbs and Localities: Carnes Hill [Local Studies pamphlet] (ongoing). Catalogue record:

Biffen, B.R. Bushrangers at Carnes Hill (Liverpool N.S.W., 1998). Catalogue record:

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