Did you know Holroyd was traditionally occupied by people of the Darug Aboriginal Nation, a totem of whom is the Warali Wali, the Darug word for possum?
The Darug nation consisted of many clans. The Cennemegal or Weymaly clan occupied Prospect/Greystanes and the Bidjigal clan occupied Merrylands/Guildford/Villawood/Bankstown. The Bidjigal tribe included the famous warrior Pemulwuy who fought a guerilla war against white settlement from 1797 to 1802. The Burramattagal clan of Parramatta/Granville were the western Eora clan. Eora land extends from Sydney Harbour to Parramatta.
Holroyd Local Government Area includes many areas of historical importance including Prospect Hill, which was the site of the first Aboriginal – European reconciliation held in 1805.
Like all Aboriginal people, the Darug people did not own the land but belonged to the land. They had a strong connection to the land; respected it and referred to the land as their mother. The Darug people had excellent land management skills which meant they did not have to artificially cultivate crops.
The Aboriginal population for the Sydney region in 1788 has been estimated as being between 5000 and 8000 people, of which about 2000 belonged to the inland Darug people: 1000 between Parramatta and the Blue Mountains and 1000 between what are now Liverpool and Campbelltown. The Darug people were thought to have lived in bands or communities of around 50 members each. Each band retained its own hunting district, and each lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, regularly changing location within this district.
Over the years, Council has steered a variety of projects and initiatives to recognise and celebrate it’s Aboriginal history.
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