Seven Hills, New South Wales

Seven Hills, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Seven Hills
city = Sydney
state = NSW



caption = Seven Hills Fire Station
lga = City of Blacktown
postcode = 2147 (and 1730 for Seven Hills Post Office Boxes)
est = 1800
pop =
area =
propval =
stategov = Electoral district of Toongabbie
fedgov = Division of Parramatta
near-nw = Lalor Park
near-n = Kings Langley
near-ne = Bella Vista
near-w = Blacktown
near-e = Baulkham Hills
near-sw = Eastern Creek Prospect
near-s = Toongabbie
near-se = Winston Hills
dist1 = 34
dir1 = west
location1= Sydney CBD

Seven Hills is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Seven Hills is located 34 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Blacktown. Seven Hills is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Seven Hills is colloquially known as 'Sevo'. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/wordmap Sevo] ]

Geography

Seven Hills is approximately 21 metres (72 ft) above sea level. The suburb incorporates the localities of Grantham (the Grantham Estate) and Grantham Heights.

History

Aboriginal Culture

Prior to European settlement in the 1790s, the area now known as Seven Hills was originally settled and occupied for hundreds, if not thousands, of years by indigenous peoples who most probably would have identified with the Warmuli and Toogagal clans, of the Darug tribe.Fact|date=February 2007

European Settlement

The vicinity of Seven Hills was first visited by Europeans very early on in the settlement of the colony of New South Wales, possibly as early as April, 1788 by Arthur Phillip or more certainly by Watkin Tench in June 1789.

The first land grant by the colonial administration (in what was then known as the "District of Toongabbee") was to an ex Marine soldier, John Redmond in May 1793, whose grant of 60 acres was adjacent to a track which later became Station Road. At least 13 further grants were made in this area before 1800. Matthew Pearce (1762-1831) was granted 160 acres (53 ha) in 1795, which he named after 'King’s Langley Manor House' in Hertfordshire, England, where he was said to have been born. This area became known as Seven Hills from 1800, because he could see ‘seven hills’ from his home. ["The Book of Sydney Suburbs", Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 242]

Seven Hills encompassed a much larger area and as late as 1900, landowners as far afield as the modern suburbs of Bella Vista, Glenwood, and Parklea identified their properties as being located in Seven Hills. In the 1970s, housing schemes excised land that was previously part of Seven Hills to create the suburbs of Lalor Park and Kings Langley. [Jack Brook "The Seven Hills - A village divided, a suburb united" 2004 ISBN 0-646-42918-3]

The railway from Parramatta to Black Town Road station (ie. Blacktown) was completed as a single line in 1860. A stationmaster's residence and siding were constructed near a level crossing at what was to become Toongabbie Road (later Seven Hills Road) in December 1863. A platform was built in 1869, and stops at the station were scheduled in the timetable from September of that year. The road bridge on Seven Hills Road across the railway line was constructed in 1975, replacing the level crossing.

Commercial Areas

Centro Seven Hills is a major Shopping centre in Seven Hills. It was originally opened in 1960 as Seven Hills Regional Shopping Centre. The NSW Fire Brigade Station, built in 1995 is situated on the southern side of Leabons Lane near the junction with Seven Hills Road South.

Residential Areas

Florida Place, a cul-de-sac is typical of many residential streets in Seven Hills. It shows a transition from the mid 20th century single storey mixed construction dwellings with an average of approx 100 m² floorspace on 1350 m² blocks to replacement two storey brick veneer dwellings with twice to three times the floorspace. Leabons Lane, Despite being narrow is a busy thoroughfare linking the residential areas of south Seven Hills with Blacktown. Note the plethora of signage, traffic calming devices and utility poles strung with overhead power and TV cabling typical of streetscapes in western Sydney.

Transport

Seven Hills railway station is on the Western railway line of the City Rail network. Seven Hills is approximately 32 km by rail from Central railway station, on the railway line to Penrith.

The M2 Hills Motorway and Westlink M7 are two major arterial roads that link Seven Hills to other parts of Sydney.The Prospect Highway and Seven Hills Road are other major roads in the suburb.

Education

Pre-Schools
* Bear Park Children's Centre - private 0-6 long day care
* [http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/blacktown/index.cfm?2C6070B8-BCD9-D616-B11C-904CBDB37A1D#BobSinclairCCC Bob Sinclair Child Care Centre] - local government operated 0-6 40 place long day care
* Grantham Heights Uniting Church Child Care Centre - community based 0-6 long day care
* Happy Hours Pre School Kindergarten - private long day care
* [http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/blacktown/index.cfm?2C6070B8-BCD9-D616-B11C-904CBDB37A1D#LeabonsLaneCCC Leabons Lane Child Care Centre] - local government operated 0-6 40 place long day care

Primary Schools
* [http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/summaryschool.php?selectOption=4192 Bert Oldfield Public School] - K-6 government school
* Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School - K-6 Roman Catholic systemic school
* [http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/summaryschool.php?selectOption=3931 Seven Hills Public School] - K-6 government school
* [http://www.sevenhilln-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/ Seven Hills North Public School] K-6 government school
* [http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/summaryschool.php?selectOption=4162 Seven Hills West Public School] - K-6 government school
* [http://www.themeadows-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/ The Meadows Public School] - K-6 government school

Secondary Schools
* [http://www.hillssportshigh.com.au/ The Hills Sports High School] - 7-12 government high school (formerly known as Grantham High School to 2001) - offers Talented Sports Program and is also location of a Saturday Community Languages School
* [http://www.sevenhills-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/ Seven Hills High School] - 7-10 government high school - feeder for the 11-12 Wyndham College

School for Special Purposes (SSP)
* [http://www.williamros-s.schools.nsw.edu.au/os_about_us.html William Rose School] - K-12 school catering for students who have a visual disability plus an additional disability, students who have a hearing disability plus an additional disability and students who are Deafblind.

Notable Residents

*Hamilton Hume - early explorer was born and lived on his father's property at Seven Hills until the family moved in 1812.
*Maureen Caird - Athlete
*Nathan Rees - politician, 41st Premier of New South Wales

External links

References

* [http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/our-city/statistics/suburb-profiles.cfm The 2001 City of Blacktown Social Plan]
* [http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/blacktown/index.cfm?24FA6433-BCD9-D616-BCFD-3BA33C6EAEC3 Time Line] for Seven Hills and Lalor Park


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