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Dural, New South Wales

HistoryEdit

The original inhabitants of the Dural area were the Darug people. Dural is derived from Dooral-Dooral, an Aboriginal name meaning a smoking hollow tree.[2]

The name Dooral appeared on Surveyor Richard Dundiate's map of April 1817 and originally covered the whole area including present day Glenorie, Galston, Arcadia and Middle Dural. Located on the Old Northern Road, a historic road built by convicts between 1825 and 1836 to link early Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, with the fertile Hunter Valley to the north. The first grant in the area was made to George Hall in 1879.[3] At an earlier stage, a local settler, James Roughley, had donated land to be used for the building of a church. A sandstone chapel was built on Old Northern Road circa 1846, with a vestry, apse and shingle roof, plus a bell turret on the western gable. A porch was added soon after. The chapel—known as St Jude's Church—is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4]

Dural Post Office opened on 1 August 1864.[5]

PopulationEdit

According to the 2016 census, there were 7,570 residents in Dural. 66.6% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 4.4%, China 2.7%, South Africa 2.0%, India 1.9% and Malaysia 1.6%. 72.8% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 3.9%, Cantonese 2.7%, Arabic 2.5% and Italian 1.7%. The most common responses for religion in Dural were Catholic 29.4%, No Religion 21.2% and Anglican 17.9%. The median household income was $2,164, a fair bit higher than the national median of $1,438. 82.3% of occupied dwellings were separate houses and 63.4% of houses had 4 or more bedrooms. There was a high level of home ownership in Dural, with 82.2% of people either owning their house outright or owning with a mortgage.[1]

SchoolsEdit

Sport and recreationEdit

Dural plays host to the Dural Rugby Club,[11] Dural Country Club, Dural Country Club soccer teams,[12] Redfield Lions Soccer and Rugby Clubs and the Pacific Hills Pumas Soccer Club.[13] Dural Rugby Club organises Wallatag in the Summer Months which is held on a Friday night at Bernie Mullane Sports Complex in Kellyville.

TransportEdit

Dural doesn't have a railway station but is served by buses operated by Hillsbus connecting to Pennant Hills railway station and Castle Hill and the Sydney CBD. A Hillsbus depot is located on New Line Road next to McDonald's.

MediaEdit

Between 1985 and 1987, Dural was the site for tapings of the television game show It's a Knockout shown nationally on the Ten Network and hosted by Billy J Smith and Fiona MacDonald. However, due to numerous complaints from local residents the show was cancelled in 1987. Dural was the setting for the home of the wealthy Hamilton family in the soap opera Sons And Daughters during its 1981-1987 run.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Dural (Hornsby - NSW)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018.  
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 90
  3. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.90
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/26
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  6. ^ Lorien Novalis School
  7. ^ Dural Public School
  8. ^ Redfield College
  9. ^ Pacific Hills Christian School
  10. ^ Warrah School
  11. ^ "Dural Rugby Club Inc". Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  12. ^ Dural Country Club
  13. ^ "Pacific Hills Dural Soccer Club". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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