Postcode: 2155 | Distance to Sydney CBD: 42 km
Rouse Hill is a suburb with a population of
7,482. Rouse Hill is located 42 kilometres
north-west of the Sydney central business
district in the City of Blacktown . Rouse
Hill is part of Greater Western Sydney and
is in the Hills District.
Rouse Hill encompasses what was originally
known as the Village of Aberdour along with
the area originally known as Vinegar Hill
following the convict rebellion of 1804.
Vinegar Hill Post Office opened on 1 October
1857 and was renamed Rouse Hill on 13 April
1858. The new name was chosen after the
estate of Richard Rouse (1774-1852), a
prominent free settler who arrived in the
colony in 1801. His first grant here was in
1802 and his second grant was in 1816.
Governor Lachlan Macquarie suggested the
estate be called Rouse Hill.
Rouse Hill is noteworthy in Australian
history as the site of the main battle
during an Irish rebellion, known as the
Castle Hill rebellion or the second Battle
of Vinegar Hill. On 4 March 1804, Irish
convicts including political prisoners
transported for participating in the Irish
Rebellion of 1798, broke out of the
Government Farm at Castle Hill, aiming to
seize control of the area and to capture
Parramatta. The uprising was crushed by the
military authorities at Rouse Hill the
following day with much loss of life. Many
of the participants in the rebellion were
summarily executed. The exact site of the
Battle is uncertain but a monument with a
plaque commemorating the event can be seen
within Castlebrook Lawn Cemetery on Windsor
Road in Kellyville Ridge.
Richard Rouse built his home, Rouse Hill
House, from 1813-18. Service wings and an
arcaded courtyard were added circa 1863. The
simple, geometric layout of the garden is
probably the oldest surviving in Australia.
The house, its immediate surviving estate
and outbuildings including stables designed
by John Horbury Hunt, is now a house museum
cared for by the Historic Houses Trust of
New South Wales, and is on the Register of
the National Estate. Much of the family
memorabilia has been preserved, including
dolls, clothes and writings of the two
girls, Nina (1875-1968) and Kathleen Rouse
(1878-1932). These form a unique and
fascinating record of late-Victorian
Australian childhood, and inspired Ursula
Dubosarsky's prize-winning novel
Rouse Hill Town Centre built on the old golf
course is a new town centre, owned and
managed by The GPT Group, is located at the
intersection of White Hart Drive and Windsor
Roads. The first stage opened in September
2007 with the launch of the town centre on 6
March 2008. The first stage comprises
Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, a food
terrace, and 80 specialty stores . The
second stage comprises Big W, Target,
Reading Cinemas, an additional 130 specialty
stores, a Community Centre, Library, Medical
Centre, commercial and residential
accommodation and the Secret Garden. The
development has been integrated with the
North-West T-way with provisions made for
the proposed North West Rail Link.
Rouse Hill Village Centre which opened in
1999, is a small shopping centre located on
Windsor Road. This complex features a major
discount supermarket chain selling packaged
groceries and perishables, as well as
specialty shops and restaurants. The Terrace
is another small shopping centre which was
opened on Panmure Street in 2004.
Christ Church, an Anglican church located on Windsor Road, was built in 1863 for the United Church of England and Ireland (Warren et al. 2006). It was a church, school and the centre of most community events. In 2008, a Ministry and Education Centre opened alongside the restored Christ Church and the old hall built in 1908. In 1875 the school was relocated from the church and established as Rouse Hill Public School on the corner of Windsor Road and Annangrove Road, and then relocated once again in 2003 to its present site.
Ironbark Ridge Public - Public Primary School
Our Lady of the Angels Primary - Catholic Primary School
Rouse Hill Anglican College - K-12 co-educational Christian day independent school
Rouse Hill High - Public High School
Rouse Hill Public - Public Primary School
Rouse Hill is bisected by Windsor Road,
which is now a major 4-lane road running
from North Parramatta north-west to Windsor.
Most residents of Rouse Hill are reliant on
private cars for transport, with a high
number of households having two or more
cars. Hillsbus provides services to Sydney
CBD, North Sydney, Parramatta, Macquarie
Park and Castle Hill, whilst Busways
provides services to Blacktown, Riverstone
and Castle Hill. Hillsbus also provides
weekday services from Rouse Hill to Windsor.
In September 2007 the North-West T-way
opened, providing a bus rapid transit
service to Parramatta railway station.
The North West Rail Link is a proposed
railway line running from Rouse Hill to
Epping, where it will connect to the
existing Epping to Chatswood railway line.