2114: Meadowbank

General real estate and design

Distance from CBD:

21km north-west of the CBD

Train station:

Yes

Shopping

Top Ryde Shopping Centre is within 7 minutes drive of the suburb with over 200 shops, including department stores, a number of large supermarkets, a 16-screen cinema complex and a fitness centre.

Schools and other education institutions

Meadowbank College of TAFE offers courses in business studies, fine arts, information technology, engineering, health and fitness, massage therapy, beauty, nail technology, hairdressing, general education, construction and transport, hospitality, nursing and child studies. Facilities include the See Street Gallery, hair and beauty centre, ship and boat building facilities, a CISCO Regional Academy, sports and fitness centre, massage therapy clinic, language laboratories, and a community services and health training facility, and is located on See Street Meadowbank

History:

Land originally granted to Surgeon William Balmain in 1794, in the district of the Field of Mars, was given the name `Meadow Bank`. Balmain returned to England in 1801, leaving his estates to be managed by fellow surgeon D`arcy Wentworth. Wentworth agreed to sell Balmain`s grants to John Bennett, an ex-convict who had been transported in 1795. By 1819 both the `Meadow Bank Estate` and `Chatham Farm` to the north, belonged to Bennett. In 1823 he was joined by his nephew William Bennett. John Bennett died in July 1829, a bachelor, and his nephew inherited his estate, building Meadowbank House around 1835. William then sold `Chatham Farm` to Major Edward Darvall in 1855. William Bennett died in 1865 but his widow remained at Meadowbank until her death in 1879. The estate was subdivided in the late 1880s, given impetus by the opening of the railway from Strathfield to Hornsby in 1886.