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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Thornleigh is 8,758, with a population density of 22.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Thornleigh is bounded by Waitara Creek in the north, the suburb of Normanhurst and the Lane Cove River in the east, the suburb of Pennant Hills in the south, and Quarter Sessions Road, Duffy Avenue and the suburb of Westleigh in the west.

Name origin

Thornleigh is named after Chief Constable John Thorn, an early land holder.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1838 when the first land grant was made. Population was minimal until the 1880s, following the opening of the railway line. Significant development occurred in the post-war period. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Thornleigh is an established residential area, with substantial industrial land use in the central section, based around Chilvers Road, Sefton Road and Duffy Avenue.

Major features

Major features of the area include Thornleigh Brickpit Sports Stadium, Thornleigh Marketplace, Thornleigh Golf Centre, Marjorie Headen Lookout, Dawson Park, Headen Park, Janet Park, Larool Park, Norman Avenue Park, Oakleigh Park, Pennant Hills Park, Rannoch Park, Thornleigh Oval, Wanawong Drive Park, Yaralla Park, the Thornleigh railway station and two schools.