- Wetherill Park, New South Wales
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Wetherill Park
city = Sydney
state = New South Wales
City of Fairfield
postcode = 2164
stategov = Smithfield
fedgov = Prospect
near-nw = Prospect
near-n = Pemulwuy
near-ne = Greystanes
near-e = Smithfield
near-se = Prairiewood
near-s = Bossley Park
near-sw = Abbotsbury
near-w = Horsley Park
dist1 = 34
dir1 = west
Wetherill Park is a
suburbof south western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Wetherill Park is located 34 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Fairfieldand is part of the Greater Western Sydneyregion.
Wetherill Park sits on the southern border of
Prospect Reservoir. Neighbouring suburbs include Bossley Park, Horsley Park, Prospect, Smithfield and Prairiewood.
Aboriginal people from the Cabrogal clan of the Gandangara tribe, have lived in the area for more than 30,000 years.
Wetherill Park was named after a businessman who offered 21 acres of his property to the State government as a park. The offer was accepted and the park was named after the donor. The first settlers in set up their homes north of the present school site at Wetherill Park. One hundred years ago, there were not enough homes in this suburb to need a school. With the commencement of the
Prospect ReservoirWaterworks, a local storekeeper, Samuel Booth, made available a section of his land for a school, free of charge. The school, called 'Macquarie Park', stood on what is now The Horsley Drive, just west of Maugham Crescent. It opened in May 1882 with 8 children but it was changed in June 1882 to 'Boothtown' for Samuel Booth’s involvement in the establishment of the school. In 1884 it became Reservoir Public School and in 1896, it became the Wetherill Park Public School [http://www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/default.asp?iDocID=504&iNavCatID=3&iSubCatID=51 fairfield City History] . In 1986, the school relocated down the road to Lily Street and was renamed William Stimson Public School, in honour of the first mayor of the City of Fairfield.
A characteristic of Wetherill Park is that all the streets are named after famous writers. Some examples include: Vidal Street (for
Gore Vidal), Shakespeare Street (for William Shakespeare), Stevenson Street (for Robert Louis Stevenson), Locke Street (for John Locke), Gogol Place (for Nikolai Gogol), Swinburne Crescent (for Richard Swinburne), Homer Place (for Homer), Emerson Street (for Ralph Waldo Emerson), Wordsworth Street (for William Wordsworth), Dickens Road (for Charles Dickens), Longfellow Street (for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), Chaucer Street (for Geoffrey Chaucer), Ainsworth Crescent (for William Harrison Ainsworth), Coleridge Road (for Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Frost Close (for Robert Frost), Gissing Street (for George Gissing) and Langland Street (for William Langland).
Stockland Wetherill Park is a major shopping centre in the area and features one of Australia's largest cinema complexes owned by
Hoyts. The shopping centre opened in 1983 and in recent years, underwent major renovations.
Wetherill Park Shopping Centre (now known as Market Town) opened in the early 1980s on the corner of The Horsley Drive and Rossetti Street, adjacent to Emerson Street Reserve tennis courts. It originally featured approximately 25 specialty shops, including a Franklins supermarket. In recent years, the shopping centre underwent renovations which saw the shopping complex completely reformed, and the rear parking lot expanded. Today, the complex also features a bowling centre.
Wetherill Park is home to the largest industrial estate in the Southern Hemisphere, with companies such as Jaguar,
BMW, Subaruand Mercedes-Benzsituated in the area. Despite the heavy industrial presence, the suburb maintains a coppice environment dominated by eucaluptus trees.
The T-Way bus route opened in 2003 and runs partly through Wetherill Park. It is also located close to the
Westlink M7Sydney Orbital motorway [http://www.westlinkm7.com.au m7 ] . The Horsley Drive is the major road which runs through Wetherill Park. Other major roads include Polding Street and Victoria Street.
* Wetherill Park
* William Stimson Public School.
* Prairiewood High School
Parks and Recreation
As part of Fairfield City Council's Parks Improvement Program, Shakespeare Park was upgraded in 2006 [http://www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/upload/jixey25822/AR1Overview.pdf Fairfield Council Annual Report 2006/2007] . Its design was developed with help from the Occupational Therapy Unit of Fairfield Health Services, students from William Stimson Public School and suggestions from the community. [http://www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/default.asp?iDocId=350&iSubCatID=165&iNavCatID=162 Kids get crafty as Shakespeare Park receives makeover]
Places of Worship
Wetherill Park is home to a large
Buddhisttemple which was visited by Prince Charlesin the mid 1990s.
Wetherill Park was once home to famous Italian footballer,
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