Chester Hill

Chester Hill

Chester Hill, a suburb of the Canterbury- Bankstown local government area, is located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district.   Chester Hill shares the postcode of 2162 with the neighbouring suburb of  Sefton.

Originally part of John Thomas Campbell's estate, known as Campbell Hill, it covered 1,000 acres (4.0 km2). Land was used for market gardens and orchards until the opening of the railway line in 1924 when the area developed into residential and light industrial.

A significant tract of land between Priam and Hector Streets had been occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from the 1960s. This area was used for accommodation and mess facilities for the nearby 2 Stores Depot (Regents Park) and the Ground Equipment Maintenance Squadron (Villawood). These properties were disposed of and subsequently acquired first by the Southern Cross Bible College and then by Salamah (Muslim) College.

Chester Square in Chester Hill is the main shopping centre, catering for the catchment of Chester Hill, Sefton, Birrong and Bass Hill,  and directly situated behind the main road of Waldron Road. Amenities in the suburb include the Chester Hill branch of the Bankstown City Library, Chester Hill Fire Station, a community centre.

There are five schools in Chester Hill, Chester Hill Public School and Chester Hill North Public School, which cater for Years K-6, Chester Hill High School catering for Years 7-12, Sefton High School which is a partially selective high school also catering for Years 7-12 and Salamah College (sister school of Al Amanah College only established in 2012.

Parks in Chester Hill include Campbell Hill Reserve, Everley Park, Nugent Park, the Terry Lamb Complex, which incorporates Frank Bamfield Oval, and Abbott Park which is home to the Chester Hill Youth Cricket Club and Chester Hill Hornets Junior Rugby League Club. Recreational amenities also include an RSL Club, bowling club and community garden.

Notable residents

  • Christian Heim - composer and medical researcher who grew up in Chester Hill
  • Terry Lamb - former rugby league player with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldgs and Australian Test side—a long-term Chester Hill resident
  • Rebecca Rippon - Australian women's water polo player and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist
  • Ivan Milat - serial killer
  • Michael McCann- Australian Men’s hockey Olympic gold medal (2004 Athens)