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!

Horningsea Park
Horningsea Park was gazetted on 13 December 1996. The suburb of Horningsea Park was subdivided from Hoxton Park. The suburb is named after the birthplace of Lieutenant Joshua John Moore, who named his property Horningsea Park.
Hoxton Park
Hoxton Park was named in 1887 when the area was subdivided from the property of Thomas Amos. Hoxton Park was gazetted on the 7th of April 1972. A part of the Parish of Cabramatta, it was much larger than it is now.
Kemps Creek
The suburb of Kemps Creek is shared between Penrith Council and Liverpool Council. Kemps Creek is named for Anthony Fenn Kemp, an ensign in the New South Wales Corps, although he originally named his land Mount Vernon.
Len Waters Estate
Created in 2009, Len Waters Estate was zone for industrial use. The suburb is named for Len Waters, Australia’s first Aboriginal Australian military aviator and only publicly known fighter pilot in World War II.
Leppington was gazetted on the 7th of April 1972. The suburb is shared between the Liverpool and Camden LGAs. Leppington Park was the name of the estate established on a 200-hectare grant to William Cordeaux in 1821.