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Camperdown Name Origin
Camperdown is named after Governor Bligh's estate, which was named after the battle of Camperdown.
Camperdown Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from 1806 when Governor Bligh was granted 240 acres of land. The land was initially used as a model farm, later developed into a racecourse, and then subdivided in 1841. The construction of The University of Sydney began in the 1850s. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was built in the early 1880s. By the late 1800s, Camperdown had become a mix of working class homes, grand residences and light industry. In the late 1900s many of the original houses were restored and warehouses were converted into apartment buildings. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, then increased rapidly from 2001, doubling between 2001 and 2011 as substantial numbers of new dwellings were added to the area, primarily from the City Quarter development (on the former Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children site).
Major features of the area include The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington and Mallett Street Campuses), Residential Colleges (Sancta Sophia College, St Andrew’s College, St John’s College, St Paul’s College, Wesley College and The Women’s College), Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Victoria Park, Lake Northam and Victoria Park Pool.