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Cooks Hill

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Cooks Hill is 3,848, with a population density of 52.07 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cooks Hill is bounded by the suburb of Newcastle and Gibson Street in the north, Darby Street, Swan Street, Kitchener Parade, Brooks Street and Darby Street in the east, Parkway Avenue in the south, and Union Street, Arnott Street, Bull Street and Union Street in the west.

Name origin

Cooks Hill is thought to be named after Tom Cook or Samuel and Elizabeth Cook, early residents of the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1850s when land was subdivided. Residential and commercial growth took place from the 1860s into the early 1900s. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Cooks Hill is an established residential area, with commercial areas along Darby Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Darby Street commercial area, Centennial Park, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle War Memorial Cultural Centre, Corlette Street Reserve and two schools.