People of the Gosford District

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Gosford Library has information on historical population growth, local resident names drawn from early census and directory listings, and indexes to local cemetery, funeral and coroner's records.

Commercial directory listings

UBD Guide - 1958

Greville's Post Office Directory - 1872

Moore's Australian Almanac - 1940

NSW Post Office Directory - 1911

Population growth

1788 - The true extent of the Aboriginal population in the Brisbane Water District is unknown, however it is estimated that several hundred people lived in the area before white settlement.

1823 - James Webb, the first white settler of Brisbane Water, takes up land at The Rip.

1828 - The Census of 1828 records approximately 100 persons in the Brisbane Water Police District, which included Lake Macquarie, Brisbane Water and Lower Portland Head.

This figure did not record the number of Aboriginal persons. However, a census of Aboriginal people in Brisbane Water taken in the same year records 65 persons between the Hawkesbury River and Wyong. This figure is increasingly believed to underestimate severely the native population, which may have numbered several hundred.

Year

Population

Year

Population

1833

315

1970

51,500

1836

621

1971

56,190

1841

1090

1972

69,500

1846

1272

1973

63,000

1891

5154

1974

66,500

1901

7186

1975

69,500

1947

18,700

1976

73,410

1954

25,132

1977

77,700

1956

26,840

1978

80,900

1957

27,760

1979

84,700

1958

28,000

1981

94,369

1959

30,120

1986

109,278

1960

31,000

1991

128,941

1961

34,162

1995

147,189

1962

35,960

1996

144,840

1963

37,820

1999

158,172

1964

38,920

2000

160,167

1965

40,810

2001

154,045

1966

42,880

2006

155,871

1968

46,950

2011

162,440

1969

49,000

2012

169,528

This information has been drawn from various sources in good faith. Recent figures have been drawn from Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Central Coast Library Service can take no responsibility for the accuracy of these figures.

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Last updated : Tue 24 Nov 2020