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  • Normanhurst
    SydneyNew South Wales
    Gilligaloola, family home of Norman Selfe, after which the suburb was named.
    Population 5,290 (2016 census)[1]
     • Density 2,438/km2 (6,314/sq mi)
    Postcode(s) 2076
    Area 2.17 km2 (0.8 sq mi)[2]
    Location 23 km (14 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
    LGA(s) Hornsby Shire
    State electorate(s) Hornsby
    Federal Division(s) Berowra, Bradfield
    Suburbs around Normanhurst:
    Hornsby Hornsby Waitara
    Thornleigh Normanhurst Wahroonga
    Thornleigh Thornleigh Wahroonga
    Loreto College Normanhurst

    Normanhurst is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 23 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire.


    Normanhurst was originally known as Hornsby, with the suburb that is now known as Hornsby called Jack's Island.[3] The construction of the Main Northern and North Shore railway lines in the 1890s brought about a name change. The two lines were joined at a station called Hornsby Junction, whereas the station one stop south on the Northern line kept the name Hornsby. Due to confusion around the similarly named stops, the postmaster demanded that Hornsby station change its name.[4]

    The railway station originally known as 'Hornsby', opened on 21 November 1895 [3] and the name was changed by the local community to Normanhurst in 1900.

    The first Hornsby Post Office opened on 1 August 1864 and was renamed South Hornsby in 1900 and Normanhurst in 1905.[5]

    Normanhurst was derived from the name of a prominent resident, civil engineer Norman Selfe (1839–1911),[6] with hurst being the English word for a wooded hill. Selfe protested against the name change, preferring the name St Normans, which he suggested would have been "more elegant and suggestive"[7]. The railway station was renamed in 1900 and was used for the suburb that developed around it.


    Normanhurst is divided by Pennant Hills Road, a major north-south thoroughfare that leads north to the M1 Motorway, and south towards Parramatta. However, both the east and west sections have extensive bush access. On the east side, a small section of bush lies between Normanhurst and Fox Valley. This is land occupied by the SAN Hospital. On the western side, the suburb backs onto the southern reaches of the Berowra Valley, a continuous section of bush stretching all the way to Broken Bay. This gives Normanhurst a very "leafy" and rural look. This in turn contributes to making native bird life abundant. The area is home to cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, noisy miners, native brush turkeys, and powerful owls. Additionally, Normanhurst has several small waterfalls, which promote reptile and marsupial life, such as Eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas and red-bellied black snakes. It also has encouraged the growth of retirement residences in the suburb. The Hornsby Shire Historical Society and Museum is located on Kenley Road.

    Commercial area

    Strip of shops at Normanhurst railway station

    Normanhurst has a small number of shops close to Normanhurst railway station, which includes cafes, restaurants, Australia Post office, a dry cleaner and an original milk bar.


    Normanhurst is serviced by rail and buses. Normanhurst railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. Transdev NSW’s Upper North Shore service provide bus services to the area.

    At the 2016 census, only 31% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 53.1% by car (either as driver or as passenger).[1] Pennant Hills Road is a major highway in Sydney.


    At the 2016 census, the suburb of Normanhurst recorded a population of 5,290. [1]

    Age and sex distribution
    Children aged 15 and under made up 20.3% of the population, compared to the national average of 18.7%. Residents aged 65 and over made up 18% of the total population (national average was 15.8%). 47.9% of residents were male and 52.1% were female.
    Ethnic and cultural diversity 
    Almost two-thirds of the population (65%) was born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 5.3%, England 4.4% and India 3.3%. Only 22.1% of the population identified their ancestry as Australian, 24% English, 7.8% Chinese, 7.7% Irish and 7.1% Scottish. The most commonly spoken language at home other than English includes Mandarin 6.1%, Cantonese 2.6%, and Korean 1.8%.
    Finances and housing 
    The median weekly household income was $2,140, higher than the national average of $1,438. The real estate was correspondingly high with median monthly mortgage repayments at $2,600.
    The most common responses for religion in Normanhurst in the 2016 Census were No Religion 26.9%, Catholic 26.3%, Anglican 16.9%, and Uniting Church 5.4%.


    Loreto, 1897

    Secondary Schools

    Primary Schools

    • Normanhurst Public School (Public)[10]


    • St. Stephen's Anglican Church[11]
    • Queen of Peace Catholic Church[12]
    • Normanhurst Uniting Church[13]
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Sport and recreation

    • Normanhurst Sports Club[14]
    • Normanhurst is home to the Normanhurst Eagles Football Club, their home ground is Normanhurst Oval. The club caters for both male and female football players in junior and senior divisions. The club's flagship team currently play in the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association's top-tier Premier League competition.
    • Normanhurst-Warrawee Cricket Club also plays in Normanhurst, and is one of the most successful clubs in the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hills District Cricket Association, and has made several junior statewide twenty20 finals. The club's home ground is Normanhurst Park, as is its clubroom.


    1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Normanhurst (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 January 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
    2. ^ "Normanhurst Community Profile". Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
    3. ^ a b Joan Rowland (2008). "Hornsby". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
    4. ^ Pollon, Frances (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14495-8. 
    5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
    6. ^ Murray-Smith, S. "Selfe, Norman (1839–1911)". This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, (MUP), 1976. Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
    7. ^ Selfe, Norman (July 1910) Some account of St Paul's Church, Hornsby (now Normanhurst and Wahroonga): with a few reminiscences of the old village of Hornsby, printed for the subscribers, p. 14. Cited in Freyne (2009)
    8. ^ Loreto Normanhurst school
    9. ^ Normanhurst Boys High School
    10. ^ Normanhurst Public School
    11. ^ St. Stephen's Anglican Church Normanhurst
    12. ^ "Queen of Peace, Normanhurst Community COMMUNITY". Established The Parish began on the second Sunday in May viz. 9th May 1971, in Loreto Chapel Normanhurst and functioned there for more than six years, courtesy of the Loreto Sisters. In 1973 the Council approved the construction of a Church and Priests’ residence. Construction of the Church commenced on 5th June 1976. The Parish Church and Presbytery were blessed and opened on 31st July 1977 by Cardinal Freeman. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
    13. ^ "Normanhursh Uniting Church". In 1977 with the advent of the "Unitng Church in Australia" these churches combined to form one Parish. At that time there were several churches/congregations in the Parish. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
    14. ^ "Normanhurst Sports Club". Retrieved 3 November 2013. 

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    Coordinates: 33°43′31″S 151°06′03″E / 33.72521°S 151.10080°E / -33.72521; 151.10080

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