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Mascot Name Origin
A racecourse operated in this area in 1904 on land that was formerly owned by the Australian Golf Club. The race course was known as Ascot, named after its famous counterpart in England. Residents wanted the area to have an individual identity and a referendum was held in 1911 to choose between Ascot, and Booralee. An objection from the postal authorities to the use of 'Ascot' led the council to alter the name to Mascot
Mascot Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from 1835 when the first land grants were made, with land used mainly for market gardening. Residential growth took place during the late 1800s, following the construction of Botany Road in 1875. In 1921 Mascot was chosen as the site for Sydney Airport, with the first regular flights from 1924. Land around the airport was gradually resumed for aviation purposes. The Sydney International Airport Terminal was constructed in the late 1960s. Significant residential development occurred in the north-eastern areas during the interwar period and the post-war years. A third runway for the airport was built in the 1990s. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly high density housing, with the most rapid growth between 2001 and 2011.
Major features of the area include Sydney Airport, George Hanna Memorial Museum, part of The Lakes Golf Club, Coleman Reserve, Dransfield Avenue Reserve, Dr Darragh Reserve, Elphick Avenue Reserve, Glen McEnalley Reserve, High Street Reserve, Hughes Avenue Reserve, John Curtin Reserve, L’Estrange Park, Lionel Bowen Park, Mascot Memorial Park, Mascot Oval, McBurney Avenue Reserve, Robey Street Reserve, Sparks Street Reserve, Todd Reserve, the Botany Road retail area, the Mascot, Domestic Airport and International Airport railway stations and several schools.