LIVERPOOL'S FIRST NATIONS | To honour our Cabrogal

By Glen Op Den Brouw, President, Liverpool Historical Society
Updated July 30 2018 - 2:17am, first published 12:14am

Stephen Gapps will talk on the Cabrogal clan of the Liverpool district, exploring our own First Nations people of the Darug nation, at Liverpool Historical Society’s 52nd Annual Havard Memorial Lecture on Saturday in Liverpool library's Gold Room at 11.30am. Free entry.

Aboriginal artefacts from the society’s collection will be on show. There will be a free light lunch afterwards with bush tucker, including locally grown lemon myrtle tea, lemon myrtle cheesecake, Warrigal green (native spinach) pesto and kangaroo sausages with Kakadu plum chilli sauce.

Dr Gapps is an historian, curator and author. His latest book, The Sydney Wars: Conflict on the Cumberland Plains, will be on sale. Also for sale is the reprint edition of The Aborigines of Australia by Liverpool’s first mayor, Richard Sadleir, who wrote this at 88 in 1883.

I am the only surviving native woman of the Georges River and Liverpool district, residing here ever since my birth 53 years ago, as the undersigned witnesses can vouch for and attest. Being a bona fide original native of Australia and of this district, your petitioner requests of you the supply of a boat, as granted by the government in all such cases, for the purpose of carrying on trade.

- Lucy Leane

For perhaps 60,000 years before the first European settlers arrived, the lands that now include the Liverpool local government area was home to the Cabrogal clan, which was an Aboriginal clan of the Darug First Nations people.

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