Thornton, New South Wales

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Thornton
Maitland,  New South Wales
Population8,062 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density485.37/km2 (1,257.1/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2322 [2]
Area16.61 km2 (6.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Maitland
Region Hunter
State electorate(s) Maitland
Federal division(s) Paterson
Suburbs around Thornton:
Chisholm Beresfield
Metford Thornton Beresfield
Ashtonfield Woodberry

Thornton is a suburb in the City of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. It is bisected by the New England Highway.

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Post code 2322, including Thornton, Beresfield, Tarro and Hexham, had a population of 14,654 in 2001. [3]

History

The Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Maitland area are the Wonnarua people. [4]

The suburb takes its name from Thornton railway station. The station was originally known as Woodford, but the name was changed to Thornton in 1887 and relocated to a new site in 1913. [5]

Transport

Thornton railway station opened in 1871. [6] Thornton is serviced by Hunter Line trains of the NSW TrainLink network. Regular services take passengers East to Newcastle (18 minutes for the express) and West to Maitland. Less regular services also take passengers West to the Hunter Valley as far as Scone and North to Dungog. [7]

Thornton is the junction for a colliery branch line leading to the Bloomfield Coal Loop, a balloon loop.

A new industrial estate and increased residential subdivisions resulted in the RTA planning a major upgrade to the Weakleys Drive intersection, which was completed as of December 2008. DBT (Australia) opened their new complex here in December 2006.

Education

Thornton has a government primary school of Thornton Primary. [8] It is also the home of Aspect Hunter School which offers schooling options for students with autism K-12 in the Hunter Region. [9]

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Thornton (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 December 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Thornton Postcode Australia Post
  3. "2322 (Postal Area of Enumeration)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Australian Bureau of Statistics . Retrieved 23 November 2006.[ dead link ]
  4. "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples". Maitland City Council. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. Thornton Railway Station NSW Environment & Heritage
  6. "www.nswrail.net" . Retrieved 26 October 2006.
  7. "Hunter line timetable". Transport for NSW.
  8. "Home-Thornton Public School" . Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  9. "Aspect Hunter School". Aspect Hunter School. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

Coordinates: 32°47′S151°38.5′E / 32.783°S 151.6417°E / -32.783; 151.6417