One of Australia’s smallest suburbs, Denistone was first settled in 1806 by Pioneer Gregory Blaxland, one of the first explorers to cross the Blue Mountains. He named the estate Brush Farm, and in 1829 he transferred it to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Dr Thomas Forster, who expanded the holding. The suburb was named after their home, ‘Denistone’, which was burnt down by bushfires in 1855.
Richard Rouse Terry, the brother of Ryde’s first mayor, Edward Terry, purchased the estate in 1872 and built the stone mansion, ‘Denistone House’, noted for its stunning district views. (The building is now part of the ‘Ryde District Soldiers Memorial Hospital’). The estate remained intact until its subdivision in 1913.
The railway station at Denistone opened in 1937 and building blocks within sight of the station sold for a mere $160 each. Most homes were built in the 1920s and 30s, while housing growth in Denistone East and Denistone West occurred between 1940 and 1970.
The suburb is noted for its fine examples of 1920s and 1930s architecture, generous blocks, gardens and aesthetic streetscapes.
The West Ryde shopping centre on Victoria Road and Ryedale Road has a strip of approximately 50 shops, and there are also shops nearby at Epping.
Schools and Other Education Institutions
There are two primary schools in the area – St Therese’s Primary School on Blaxland Road and Denistone East Public School on Lovell Road, Eastwood.
General Real Estate and Design
Properties in Denistone are predominantly California bungalows and red-brick homes, with the occasional Federation-style home.
Restaurants and Cafés
Rowe Street in Eastwood has a selection of Chinese, Thai, Korean, Italian and seafood restaurants and cafes.
Transportation and Distance From The CBD
Denistone is approximately 16 km North-West of the CBD. Trains run from Denistone Railway Station to the City every 10 to 30 minutes. Denistone East is well served by buses to the City, including the 515, X15, X18 and 518 services. North Western is the area’s private bus company and operates in the local area.