Greystanes had many poultry farms

HOME to about 23,000 people, Greystanes had humble beginnings nearly 70 years ago when the area was mainly used to farm poultry.

Named after a historical house on Prospect Hill built by Nelson Simmons Lawson, "grey" referred to the colour and "stanes" meant stones in Scottish.

The Maltese have played an integral part in the history of Greystanes' growth.

Frank Cefai, a Maltese migrant, is a well-known developer who established suburban life through the construction of residential homes, schools and parishes in the 1950s.

"I still remember knocking down the poultry farms and market gardens to build homes so people could start living here," he said.

"I had the honour of placing the foundation stone at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish with the Archbishop of Sydney."

The noble history started with the original site being known as Prospect Hill.

It was recognised as one of the first land grants given in 1791 to emancipated convicts.

The name changed after unrest between the new settlers and the Darug people, initial occupants, led to a divide in the area. The division left Prospect in the west of Greystanes and Greystanes at east of the creek.

Nowadays, the suburb has schools, churches, parks, sporting facilities and community centres.

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