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Southern predominantly residential suburb adjacent to the Royal National Park, possibly named after Cook's seaman Forby Sutherland, who died of tuberculosis and was buried at Kurnell in 1770. The first land sales by the Holt-Sutherland Estate Land Company were in 1882.

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Tharawal people were the traditional owners of the country before Europeans arrived. It became Thomas Holt's South Botany Estate, out of which were carved the Royal National Park and a railway, both of which brought daytrippers and residents to Sutherland. A series of speculative land companies subdivided, and by 1900 a thriving town had grown.