History of Dulwich Hill, Sydney

Dulwich Hill is a quickly gentrifying suburban community that takes pride in being part of Australia’s oldest city. Located in the so-called Inner West Sydney, the suburb has a fast-growing population of approximately 14,000 people according to the 2016 national census. Apart from being a predominantly residential community, Dulwich Hill also has a thriving business district of sorts which is characterized by dozens of shops, departmental stores, eateries, coffee bars, shopping complexes, and restaurants. The suburb falls under the jurisdiction of the Inner West Council. Below is the rich history of the suburb, told by your local Hot Water Heater Plumber in Dulwich Hill.

History has it that modern-day Dulwich Hill was originally the ancestral home of the Cadigal indigenous people, a subgroup of the Eora nation. In 1799, a decade after the establishment of the colony of Sydney Cove, a large tract of land in what would become Dulwich Hill was granted to Thomas Moore as a token of appreciation for his shipbuilding services. The 700-acre grant covered most of Petersham, Dulwich Hill, Stanmore, and Marrickville suburbs. The area was heavily timbered and conveniently located near Cooks River, making it the ideal home for a boat builder. There were also several emancipated convicts who owned smaller tracts of land in the area including James Bloodworth, the man responsible for the construction of some of the oldest buildings in Australia.

In the early 19th century, Robert Wardell acquired most of the old land grants around Dulwich Hill to form what came to be known as Petersham Estate. Other names that were used to refer to the area include Petersham Hill, Wardell’s Hill and Wardell’s Bush. The name Dulwich Hill did not come into existence until 1892 when it was used on the Sands Directory to refer to a small section of Dulwich Estate. The suburb gets its name from the English borough of Dulwich.

The second half of the 19th century saw Dulwich Hill transform into a reputable agricultural community mostly dominated by orchards and market gardens. It was not until the arrival of the tram network in the late 1880s that the area started to develop into a residential community. The tramway remained active until 1957. Today, the suburb boasts of being home to the famous Federation architecture that dates back to the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Other architectural styles from this period that are still part of the community include Italianate, Gothic, and Edwardian architecture. Dulwich Hill has since evolved into a modern community but still retains some of its old charm and beauty.   Now that you know the History of Dulwich Hill, are you ready to go and see it’s beauty? You can go and visit Parks in Dulwich Hill here.

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