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Old Guildford

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 Fairfield in the early 1800’s. In 1837, a retired Army officer, Lieutenant Samuel North, obtained a grant of 640 acres which he named Guildford, after a town in Surrey, England. In 1843, Mr Whittaker purchased Samuel North’s “Guildford” grant of 640 acres for 320 pounds and called his estate “Orchardleigh”. In 1876, Guildford Railway Station opened. This caused a shift in the population from the road area to the railway line. The new commercial centre became known as Guildford and the former area near the road was referred to as Old Guildford. In 1869 the first school was opened with 27 pupils in a slab and bark building and in 1877 it became a public school.

Source: Pollon Frances: The Book of Sydney Suburbs, 1998 Vance George: Fairfield – A History of the District, Fairfield City Council, NSW, Australia, 1991

Postcode
2161
Council Ward
Fairfield
State Electorate
Fairfield
Federal Electorate
Blaxland
 

 

Old Guildford
 
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