Chapter One

Welcome to Country


UWS Tree of Life by Mrs Janice Bruny
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Scroll through the image gallery and listen to the audio recording for Chapter One of 'Dreaming on the Riverfarm - Stories from the Hawkesbury'.

Chapter One audio

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Traditional Ties

The Darug tribe are the traditional custodians of the land on the south bank of the Hawkesbury River. The river, known as Deerubbin, and its nearby lagoons were a focal point for bands, clans or family groups to collect food such as fish, eels, shellfish and water birds. Yams and other plants growing on the fertile riverbanks were gathered depending on the season. The surrounding bushlands were used as hunting and trapping grounds of other animals.