Trends Summary Census 2001
In 2001 Edensor Park had a population of 9,338 residents. This was an increase of 13% from 1996 and the second largest population increase of all suburbs in the local government area. It had a higher proportion of children aged 5-11 years and youth aged 12-17 years and 18-25 years. A significant proportion of residents spoke other European languages. A high proportion of households had two cars or three or more cars. Almost three in four residents travelled to work by private transport. The median weekly rent and median monthly mortgage repayments were high. The average and median annual household incomes were high. Participation rates and the proportion of residents employed part-time were higher for all age groups under 65 years. Edensor Park had a higher proportion of managers/administrators, professionals and associate professionals than the local government area. It also had a high proportion of residents who used a computer and the internet.
Aboriginal people from the Cabrogal tribe, a sub-group of the Gandangara tribe, have lived in the Fairfield area for over 30 000 years. European settlement began in the early 1800’s. John Brown Bossley (1810-1872) came to Australia around 1838 and practised as a chemist in Sydney. He and his wife, Louisa, purchased a large portion of land west of Smithfield Road which was a subdivision of Orphan School Grant. They owned one of the five stores in Cabramatta. In the 1840’s, Bossley built an English styled farmhouse on his land near Clear Paddock Creek. He called the property Edensor, after a village near Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England. This established the name Edensor Park after Edensor House.
Source: Bossley Park Primary School Centenary Publication Committee: Bossley Park Primary School 1890 to 1990.