Loreto College Normanhurst

Normanhurst is a suburb in the Northern Sydney region, or Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 22 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 land on which Normanhurst stands was granted to Constable Horne, who along with Constable John Thorn, captured bushrangers Dalton and John MacNamara, leader of the North Rocks gang on 22 June 1830. Constable Horne's land became what is now known as Normanhurst and Constable Thorn's land became the neighbouring suburb of Thornleigh.

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.

Heritage listings

Normanhurst has one heritage-listed site, including:


Normanhurst is divided by Pennant Hills Road, a major north-south road 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, a liquor store and an Australia Post office.


Normanhurst is serviced by rail and buses. Normanhurst railway station is on the Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network. CDC 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 5,290.5.[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%) were 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)[11]
  • Normanhurst West Public School (which is actually in Thornleigh).


  • St. Stephen's Anglican Church[12]
  • Queen of Peace Catholic Church[13]
  • Normanhurst Uniting Church[14]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sport and recreation

  • Normanhurst Sports Club[15]
  • 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". profile.id. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Joan Rowland (2008). "Hornsby". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  4. ^ Pollon, Frances (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14495-8.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 21 January 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. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. 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. ^ "Gilligaloola". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00271. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CC BY icon.svg Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  9. ^ "Loreto Normanhurst school". Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2005.
  10. ^ "Normanhurst Boys High School". Archived from the original on 5 March 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2005.
  11. ^ "Normanhurst Public School". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  12. ^ "St. Stephen's Anglican Church Normanhurst". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  13. ^ "Queen of Peace, Normanhurst Community COMMUNITY". Established The Parish began on the second Sunday in May viz. 9 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 5 June 1976. The Parish Church and Presbytery were blessed and opened on 31 July 1977 by Cardinal Freeman. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  14. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Normanhurst Sports Club". Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2013.

External links