Georges Hall, New South Wales

Georges Hall, New South Wales

Georges Hall is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Georges Hall is located 24 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Bankstown and is part of the South-western Sydney region.

Georges Hall is bounded by the Georges River in the west and Bankstown Airport in the south. The suburbs of Bass Hill and Condell Park lie to the north and east, respectively.

History

Georges Hall was named after the house and farm owned by Captain George Johnson (1764-1823) called 'Georges Hall'. It was situated beside and Prospect Creek, near Henry Lawsons Drive. In 1809 it became an administrative centre, where it was used to conduct the census.

Garrison Point is a historically significant parkland. It obtained its name from the garrison of soldiers that were stationed here to ensure the safety of Major George Johnston as he conducted a census in the area. The park is now the local focus of annual Australia Day celebrations in the Bankstown area.

In 1796, George Bass, Matthew Flinders and the boy servant William Martin began an expedition to explore parts of the colony on a small boat called the Tom Thumb. They sailed into Botany Bay and explored the Georges River, twenty miles (32 km) beyond previous expeditions to the area that is now Garrison Point. For their exploration efforts Bass and Flinders were rewarded with land grants in this area by Governor John Hunter.

Parks and reserves

Garrison Point is located near the junction of Georges River and Prospect Creek. Adjacent to Garrison Point is Lake Gillawarna, an artificial lake that forms an important breeding ground for native birds.

Garrison Point and Lake Gillawarna form the southern part of a larger reserve called Mirambeena Regional Park that extends into the adjacent suburb of Lansvale. A short distance south from Garrison Point is Kentucky Reserve, another recreational park area overlooking the Georges River, adjacent to Henry Lawson Drive.

Schools

Landmarks

  • Bankstown Airport – a metropolitan airport
  • Dunc Gray Velodrome
  • The Reservoir
  • Mirambeena Reserve
  • Lake Gillawarna
  • The Homestead, Lionel Street. This large, single-storey house was built by David Johnston in 1837. It is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.

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