Suburbs of Liverpool

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Stories, rock art, stone artefacts and Aboriginal sites across Liverpool show that First Nations Peoples have been here for up to 60,000 years. Liverpool is in the territory of the Cabrogal band of the Darug (Dharruk, Dharug) People. The Cabrogal are named for the cobra (cabra) grub found near the Tucoreah-Georges River and Cabramatta Creek. What is now known as Liverpool was also accessed by peoples of the Tharawal (Thurrrawal) and Gandangara (Gundungurra) Nations.The Nepean River and Tucoreah-Georges River provided a natural boundary between the Darug and the neighbouring Tharawal. Each group had its own definite area and was a separate population, speaking a separate language.

First Nations people have, since 1788, resisted and survived colonial violence. Liverpool City Council is privileged to have three local Aboriginal Land Councils operating within its LGA: Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council, Deerubin Local Aboriginal Land Council and Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Every suburb of Liverpool lives in the legacy of Aboriginal history, culture and deep-time traditions.

42 Suburbs of Liverpool

Liverpool Council was incorporated as a municipality on 27 June 1872, just over 70 years after Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared Liverpool a town to the south-west of Sydney on 7 November 1810.

Today, the Liverpool Local Government Area (LGA) covers a huge footprint measuring 305 square kilometres. It has 30 suburbs located completely within its boundaries and shares 12 suburbs with the bordering LGAs of Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown, or Fairfield.

Separated into the East Ward and the West Ward, Liverpool’s suburbs stretch from Greendale in the west to Hammondville in the east. Nestled between the mountains and the inner-city, Liverpool still consists of semi-rural areas but also has a rapidly developing urban city centre. It is a city of car yards and highway bypasses, but its rivers, open parklands and agricultural land also mark it as a place of immense natural significance.

Today, Liverpool has a layered and dynamic social, political, architectural and environmental history. Liverpool is home to one of the highest concentrations of Australia’s recent arrivals, and to many culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Liverpool's population is over 214,000. By 2031, more than 300,000 people are expected to call Liverpool home.

Liverpool’s past is not static. It is always growing and changing.

Suburb Origin Dates

The dates for when a suburb was first established by Liverpool Council have been taken from Government Gazettes. However, the official proclamation of a suburb may have come years, if not decades, after residents had settled in the area, with schools, post offices, roads and other amenities already in use. Often the establishment of a new suburb was officially commemorated with a turning of the first sod.

See something missing?

You know your suburb better than anyone. If you think an important part of your suburb’s history is missing, whether recent or distant, reach out to the Local Studies Team through our online Local and Family History enquiry form. We are always looking for new ways to bring the vibrant history of Liverpool to life!

Greendale was officially gazetted on 7 April 1972. It takes its name from the 500 acre property called Greendale that was held by Mary Birch from 1811, granted to her as a provision for her young family.
Hammondville was officially gazetted on 7 April 1972. Hammondville is named for Anglican Archdeacon Canon Robert Brodribb Stewart Hammond (1870-1946), who established a non-profit called Hammond’s Pioneer Homes.
The suburb of Heckenberg was officially gazetted on 7 April 1972. The suburb was one of six suburbs that formed the Green Valley Housing Estate created in the 1960s. The Heckenberg family, after whom the suburb is named, were renowned woodchoppers.
Hinchinbrook was gazetted on the 19 December 1986. The suburb was subdivided from Green Valley and Hoxton Park. The suburb is named for Hinchinbrook Creek, which runs through the suburb.
Gazetted as a suburb on the 7 April 1972, Holsworthy is named for a village in Devon, England, where Governor Lachlan Macquarie married his second wife Elizabeth in 1807. It was spelt as Holdsworthy until after World War II.