Gosford's History

People of the Gosford LGA

Woy Woy Red Cross Day 1918. Credit: George Murphy

Looking for information on pioneers of the Gosford District?

Gosford City 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. Gosford City Library can take no responsibility for the accuracy of these figures.

You can also view regularly updated information on Census data, Estimated Resident Population and information profiles relating to Gosford City, at the Gosford City Community Profile.

History of crime on the Central Coast

Ideal for local and family historians, and those with an interest in the underbelly of the Gosford and Wyong districts.  

Crime Index A-L
Crime Index M-Z