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Hunters Hill, New South Wales

Hunters Hill
SydneyNew South Wales
Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Population 8,994 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,564.2/km2 (4,051/sq mi)
Established 1861
Postcode(s) 2110
Area 5.75 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Municipality of Hunter's Hill
State electorate(s) Lane Cove
Federal Division(s) North Sydney
Suburbs around Hunters Hill:
East Ryde Linley Point Longueville
Gladesville Hunters Hill Woolwich
Huntleys Cove Huntleys Point Drummoyne

Hunters Hill is a suburb on the North Shore in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Hunters Hill is located 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill.

Hunters Hill is situated on a small peninsula that separates the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River. It can be reached by bus or by ferry.


  • History 1
  • Population 2
    • Demographics 2.1
    • Notable residents 2.2
  • Politics 3
  • Transport 4
  • Commercial areas 5
  • Schools 6
  • Churches 7
  • Sport 8
  • Landmarks 9
    • Heritage 9.1
    • Houses 9.2
  • Gallery 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


The area's Aboriginal name is 'Mookaboola' or 'Moocooboola', which means meeting of waters.[2]

Hunters Hill was named after John Hunter, the second Governor of New South Wales, who was in office between 1795 and 1800.[3]

All Saints Anglican Church

The area that is now Hunters Hill was settled in 1835. One of the earliest settlers was Mary Reibey, the first female retailer in Sydney. She built a cottage—later known as Fig Tree House—on land that fronted the Lane Cove River; Reiby Street is named after her. During the 1840s, bushrangers and convicts who had escaped from the penal settlement on Cockatoo Island would take refuge in Hunters Hill.

Many of the suburb's early houses were built from the local sandstone. A number were built by Frenchman Didier Numa Joubert (1816–1881), who bought 200 acres (81 ha) of land from Mary Reiby from 1847 and used seventy stonemasons from Italy to construct solid artistic houses. Hunters Hill was proclaimed as a municipality on 5 January 1861. The first Gladesville Bridge constructed in 1881 linked the area to Drummoyne and the southern side of the Parramatta River.[4]

In the early 20th century, there was an industrial area in Hunters Hill. One of the industries was a radium and uranium refinery operating from 1911 to 1915. The concentrated ore was transported over 1200km from Radium Hill in South Australia, 100km west of Broken Hill. At the time, uranium was considered a byproduct, but very small quantities of radium (which had been discovered in 1898) were very valuable.[5] The refinery could produce about 5 milligrammes of radium bromide from a ton of ore, worth £20 per milligramme in 1912.[6] Several attempts have been made to remediate the site as awareness of radioactive contamination has increased since the refinery closed and is now a residential area.[7][8]


old Mobil site redeveloped into exclusive waterfront estate of Pulpit Point in Hunters Hill


In the 2011 census of Population and Housing, the population of Hunters Hill stood at 8,994 people. The majority of people were born in Australia and the most common ancestries were English, Australian and Irish. The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 39.3%, No Religion 17.4% and Anglican 17.2%. For employed people, the most common occupations were Professionals 36.5%, Managers 23.4%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 14.2% and Sales Workers 8.1%. The median household weekly income was high at $2,291. Monthly mortgage payments were also high, with a median of $3,033 compared with the national figure of $1,800.[1]

Notable residents


State Elections[10]
  Liberal 62.7%
  Labor 16.9%
  Greens 12.4%
  Democrats 4.7%
  Christian Democrats 2.0%
  Unity Party 1.3%
Federal Elections[11]
  Liberal 67.27%
  Labor 24.02%
  Greens 7.16%
  Liberal Democrats 2.17%
  Independent 0.44%
  Family First 0.39%
  Citizens Electoral Council 0.28%
  Christian Democrats 0.11%

Hunters Hill is in the federal electoral division of North Sydney. The current Treasurer of Australia Joe Hockey, has held this seat since the 1996 federal election [12] North Sydney is one of only two original divisions in New South Wales, along with Wentworth, which have never been held by the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

For NSW state elections, Hunters Hill is in the Electoral district of Lane Cove. As of 2003 this seat is held by Liberal MP Anthony Roberts, who was last re-elected in the 2007 state election.[13]


Several bus routes run through Hunters Hill, consisting of the 506 to Sydney City and North Ryde / Macquarie Park: Macquarie University, Macquarie Park ; and the 536 to Chatswood.

Also the 538 and 505 run through Hunters Hill to the outer harbour ferry wharf : Woolwich.[14]

The closest ferry wharves to Hunters Hill are Valentia Street Wharf: Woolwich and Huntleys Point.

These provide access to the Inner Harbour ferry services which run between Circular Quay and Parramatta.[14]

Commercial areas

Hunters Hill has a few commercial areas. A group of shops is located on the corner of Alexandra and Ferry Streets, with others scattered further along these streets and on Woolwich Road.

The major commercial area is located around the intersection of Ryde Road and Gladesville Road, near the Burns Bay Road overpass and the Hunters Hill Hotel. It was re-developed in 2013.


Church of the Holy Name of Mary

Hunters Hill is the site of the AAGPS Catholic boys' secondary school, St Joseph's College. It is also home to Hunters Hill High School, Boronia Park Public School, Hunters Hill Primary School and Villa Maria Primary School.


There are two Catholic churches, Villa Maria Church in Mary Street and St Peter Chanel in the east of the suburb. Villa Maria is also the headquarters of the Marist Fathers in Australia;[15] from the 1860s, it was the centre of their extensive missionary work in the Pacific.[16] St Joseph's College includes a large chapel. The Catholic Church is associated with St Anne's Nursing Home, run by the Sisters of St Joseph.

Other churches are St Mark's and All Saints Anglican Churches and Hunters Hill Congregational Church.


Hunters Hill Sailing Club on Parramatta River

Hunters Hill Lawn Tennis Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia. The early history of the Club is obscure and no records are available showing the origins of the Club, however the Club existed in the 1860s making it one of the oldest still operating tennis clubs in Sydney. The early courts used were situated in Passy Avenue, Hunters Hill. The first authentic record of the ‘The Hunters Hill Lawn Tennis Club' is a copy of the 1894 rules which among other things stated the club was limited to 36 playing members and preference was given to residents of Hunters Hill. They also state the club colours are Red Green and Silver. Banjo Patterson is in newspaper records of having played at the club in the 1890s. The club has had as members State and Interstate Champions, and includes an Australian entrant at the 1924 Wimbledon Championship, Alan Watt, who reached the fourth round of competition and then went on to be Club Champion at Hunters Hill for 6 consecutive years 1929-34. The club has 5 lawn courts, and is one of the few remaining lawn court clubs in Sydney. It has 140 members and an active social tennis calendar and 6 representative badge teams and a friendly reputation. The club is currently undergoing a strategic review and for details on current activities at the club see The club welcomes new members.

Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club was established in 1892 and competes in the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union. It has won the Kentwell Cup 8 times and 1st Division club championship 5 times. The second most distinguished club in Subbies, it recently won the Stockdale Cup and Robertson Cup in 2010. The Robertson Cup was named after former Suburban Chairman (1978–80), Brian Robertson, this cup was first won by Port Hacking. After not being contested between 1988–93, the Robertson Cup was revived to become the Colts trophy for second division. The Farrant Cup was named after life member Don Farrant, a long-time supporter of sub-district rugby, Hunters Hill club stalwart Don Farrant presented the Farrant Cup to the MSDRU in 1974. Initially included in an expanded fourth division, it became the award for the Division Three second grade premiership in 1995. Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club is a club that caters for all ages and level of ability, and plays matches at Boronia Park from March through to August.


There is a private hospital in Alexandra Street and in High Street, a Jewish nursing home and synagogue named the Sir Moses Montefiore Home. The historic Hunters Hill Town Hall is located in Alexandra Street, close to the historic post office.[17]

The Great North Walk, a walking trail from Sydney to Newcastle,[18] passes through Boronia Park; a large waterfront parkland reserve which contains Aboriginal drawings thought to date back to before the start of the colony.


The following buildings are listed on the Register of the National Estate.[19]

  • Public School including Eulbertie, Alexandra Street
  • Post Office, Alexandra Street
  • Town Hall, Alexandra Street
  • St Ives, Crescent Street
  • Anglican Church of All Saints, corner Ferry and Ambrose Streets
  • Kyarra, Madeline Street
  • Fig Tree House, Reiby Road
  • Clifton, Woolwich Road
  • Waiwera, Woolwich Road
  • St Claire, Wybalena Road
  • The Chalet, Yerton Avenue
  • Woolwich Dock, Franki Avenue, Woolwich
  • Former Garibaldi Inn, Alexandra Street


Hunters Hill has an area of 5.75 square kilometres including some 650,000 square metres of parks and reserves. Developments are mostly residential.

Hunters Hill has a number of heritage-listed buildings and is positioned near the confluence of the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, as well as the headwaters of Sydney Harbour, which provides river and harbour views. Previously having a number of residents of French extraction, it was known as the "French Village"[20] and shares a friendship with a sister city near Paris, Le Vésinet.[21]



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  2. ^ Point 2 Point Accessed 3/7/2009
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.126, ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 127
  4. ^ Gladesville Bridge Accessed 3/7/2009
  5. ^ "Hunters Hill uranium processing site". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Making Radium in Sydney".  
  7. ^ "RADIOACTIVE WASTE Aborginal protests halt NSW dumping.".  
  8. ^ Ben Cubby (16 December 2012). "Uranium smelter's legacy moves on".  
  9. ^ a b c d Macken, Lucy (13 April 2013). "Three of the best: Hunters Hill".  
  10. ^ "State Electoral District - Lane Cove Results 2007". State Elections. Electoral Commission NSW. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28.  Percentages calculated using combined results for "Hunter's Hill" polling booths, and only counting formal votes.
  11. ^ "Polling Place - Hunter's Hill". House of Representatives - Election 2007. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  12. ^ "Electoral Division of North Sydney (NSW) The Hon Joe Hockey MP". Members. Commonwealth of Australia. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Mr Anthony John Roberts, MP". Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  14. ^ a b "Hunters Hill Transport".  Accessed 8/7/09
  15. ^
  16. ^ B. Sherry, Hunters Hill, Dictionary of Sydney, 2008.
  17. ^ Hunters Hill, NSW Australia Accessed 3/7/2009
  18. ^ Sydney and Blue Mountains Bushwalks, Neil Paton, Kangaroo Press, 2004
  19. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/30
  20. ^ Hunters Hill Historical Society Museum
  21. ^ Discover Hunters Hill Accessed 3/7/2009
  • The Official Community Profile of Hunters Hill

External links

  • The Official Community Profile of Hunter's Hill
  • Hunter's Hill Municipality website
  • 2001 Census Information
  • DiscoverHuntersHill Community Website
  • Beverley Sherry (2008). "Hunters Hill". ] CC-By-SA [ 

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