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Aboriginal history and Camden Park

Belgenny Farm Trust acknowledges the traditional owners of the land—the Aboriginal people who have lived on this land since the Dreamtime.

The Camden district sits at the confluence of boundaries between Aboriginal groups, although details of the boundaries are contested. The groups include the Gundungarra to the west and south, the Dharawal to the south and east, and the Dharuk to the north.

The relationship of the Dharawal people with Camden Park has continued for over 200 years since the land grant to John Macarthur in 1805.

They called this area 'Benkennie' or 'Belgenny', meaning 'dry land'. The people belonged to the land and it provided all their needs including food, water, shelter and medicines. The vegetation along the river and surrounding areas was good for hunting, fishing and camping. Despite the loss of their land for traditional living, descendants of the local Aboriginal people continue to live in the area.

Aboriginal history and Camden Park

Aboriginal history and Camden Park