Tuesday, July 9, 2024



Dharruk and Dolans Bay




Dharruk is located 46 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.

Name origin:

Dharruk is derived from the name of the Darug people, an Aboriginal tribe associated with the area west of Sydney. The Dharug or Darug people lived as skilled hunters in family groups or clans, scattered throughout much of what is modern-day Sydney.


Dharruk is chiefly a residential suburb with almost no industry or commercial activity. The only other significant activity is education, with the Mount Druitt campus of Chifley College and Dawson Public School located in the suburb.

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 2,774 people in Dharruk.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.1% of the population.

Housing in Dharruk is almost entirely low density in nature and is a mixture of private residential development and former NSW Housing Commission estate; most homes in the suburb were built between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s. The majority of housing in Dharruk consists of slightly newer homes built by private residential development companies in the 1970s. As elsewhere in NSW, many of the former Housing Commission properties have been transferred to private ownership.

Originally part of the Mount Druitt public housing development, it was designated a suburb in 1987.

While there are limited commercial and retail outlets within Dharruk, the suburbs of Emerton, Plumpton, and Mount Druitt are all in very close proximity and offer access to a wide range of supermarkets, banks, and department stores.


Dharruk pics . . .




Dolans Bay is a bayside suburb in Southern Sydney located 26 kilometres (16 mi) south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.

(I confess that before preparing this post, I had not heard of this suburb).

Name origin:

Dolans Bay was named after a land owner in the area, Patrick Dolan and/or his son, Dominick Dolan. Patrick purchased approximately 286 acres adjoining the bay in 1856. In 1858 Mary and Andrew Webster paid 108 pounds and 15 shillings plus a yearly peppercorn quit rent for their land in this area. The Websters sold their land to Dominick Dolan in 1863.


The suburb of Dolans Bay is surrounded by the suburbs of Caringbah South, Lilli Pilli and Port Hacking. The suburb of Burraneer is located across Burraneer Bay. The villages of Maianbar and Bundeena are located on the opposite bank of Port Hacking.

Dolans Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 733 Port Hacking Road, known as Lyons House, Sydney.

In the 2016 Census, there were 598 people in Dolans Bay.


Lyons House

Alexanders Boatshed, Dolans Bay 1939

Sailing boat, moored at Dolans Bay, 1920s

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