About Sutherland Shire

Statistics and demographics

Statistical and demographic information on the Shire is available from several sources.

If you have trouble accessing any of these statistics online you can view them for free at any of our libraries.

Suburb and place names origins

Did you know that Bonnet Bay got its name from a cave? Or that Caringbah was originally known as Highfield in the early 1900s?

Suburb and place names origins

This list of Sutherland Shire Suburbs and Place Names is a fascinating historical record of the Shire. It was originally published in August 2003 and is attributed to the work of the late Mrs. M. Hutton Neve. Mrs Neve was involved with the Sutherland Shire Historical Society and was one of the foremost authorities of the shire's history. In December 2017 it was recently expanded into 3 volumes, to include further research and investigations by Laurie Burgess, in conjunction with research and investigations of Aboriginal origins by Bruce Howell. The Business Intelligence Team welcomes feedback and will periodically update after further historical research.

Street name origins

You may guess that Kingsway was named in honour of the King of England, but what is Kyogle Place named after?

Street name origins in the Sutherland Shire

This document contains a historical register for the origins of over 2,000 current and historical road names in the Shire. It was compiled from a variety of historical references and sources including the local histories librarian, parish maps, deposited plans and land titles, internet searches, and from council archives.


Sutherland Shire Flag

In 1929, at the request of Sutherland Shire Council, Mr CR Wylie, designer of the Canberra coat of arms, was asked to design the Sutherland Shire flag. The Council at the time wanted to recognise Lieutenant James Cook and the significance of the Endeavour's first landing at Kurnell in 1770. 

The flag is white, which because of Captain Cook's naval background, is charged with the red cross of St George to symbolise the naval ensign.

Upon the centre of the cross is a wreath of green laurel, surrounding the blue field (of the ocean), the globe of the world and two golden polar stars. The ocean, globe and stars were the arms of Captain Cook: 'in memory of his having explored and made discoveries in that Ocean [the Pacific], so very far beyond all former Navigators'. (part of the wording from the official blazon, or description, for the coat of arms).


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Shire Suburb Origins Shire Street Name Origins Strategies, Plans and Reports



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