The name Putney dates back to the close of the 19th century, when many of the rapidly developing suburbs along the Parramatta River were named after towns on the Thames.
The original land grant was to Nicholas Bayly in 1799. In 1856 the current owner, Eugenie Delange subdivided the land, calling it the ‘Village of Eugenie’. The area grew in favour as transport improved and in the 1920’s the punt from Mortlake to Putney Point was popular for day-trippers heading off to picnic. In the period between the World Wars, Putney grew as a mix of industrial and residential developments. Down on the waterfront, boat building flourished with local builders constructing anything from a small runabout to a coastal steamer.
These days, the industrial lands are being re-developed as up market housing, designed to take advantage of Putney’s closeness to the city and its still lovely waterfront.
Real Estate & Design
Putney is still a mix of residential and industrial, though industrial is very much of the wane. Housing is a mix of semi-detached homes from the early part of the 20th century, together with modern apartments, and middle class family bungalows from the 1950’s and 60’s.
Restaurants & Cafes
Putney boasts its own local array of shops including a bakery, pizzeria, cafe/gelato store, florist & chicken shop plus it is only a short drive to Ryde and Gladesville, which both offer plentiful places for coffee through to casual dining.
Schools, Education & Institutions
In the district there are plenty of state, private and church operated schools of all levels, as well as great childcare facilities. Local schools include Putney Primary, St Charles Primary, St Michaels, Riverside Girls, Holy Cross College, Marist College, Hunters Hill High School, St Joseph's College, Ryde Secondary College and only a train ride (from Meadowbank Station) to MLC, PLC, Meredien College & Santa Sabina. Tertiary Institutions include Macquarie University and Meadowbank TAFE.
In Kissing Point Reserve is an Aboriginal burial ground thought to be the last resting place of Bennelong.
For all the basics, the corner stores of Putney will suffice, but for more serious needs you can head to nearby Ryde.
Sports & Fitness
In the nearby suburbs you’ll find Olympic swimming pools, gyms, and tennis and squash facilities.
Distance from CBD & Transportation
Putney is 16km west of the CBD and is serviced by buses along Victoria Road and ferry services from Pellisier Road wharf. You also can access trains from nearby Meadowbank Station to the City, North Sydney, Hornsby & Strathfield.