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Sutherland Name Origin
There are two theories for the origin of the Sutherland name: It is suggested that the name was taken from able seaman Forby Sutherland, who died on Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage. Sutherland Point at Kurnell is named after him, but there's no direct connection of him to the Sutherland Shire district.
Sutherland Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for timber cutting and grazing. Growth was minimal until the 1880s when land was subdivided after the route of the Illawarra railway had been decided. A village was established in the late 1800s, becoming the service centre for the western part of the Shire and the interchange point for holiday makers travelling from Sydney to Cronulla. Growth was minimal until the 1950s, largely due to the limited agricultural capacity of the area, although the town did grow due to industries such as a tile and brickworks, tramway, railway, cemetery, Shire offices and the nearby National Park. Significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population has increased since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.
Major features of the area include Waratah Park, Prince Edward Park, Shire Offices, Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland Leisure Centre, Sutherland Shopping Centre, Glencoe Street Reserve, Gray Street Reserve, Peace Park, Rawson Road Reserve, Sutherland Reserve, Sutherland Skate Park, the Sutherland railway station and a number of schools.