National Park : An Historical Point Of Interest For The Guringai And Darug Nations
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Berowra Valley National Park: An Historical Point of Interest for the Guringai and Darug Nations.
Myself in front of one of the many known rock engraving sites within the Berowra Valley National Park. March 16, 2016.
Berowra Valley National Park is a particularly important place of historical significance to Berowra’s indigenous and non-indigenous communities. The traditional owners of the land of the Berowra area are the Guringai and Darug people. (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2013) published that there were 565 residents or around 0.4% of the total population living in the Hornsby Shire in 2011. This number had increased from 447 in the 2006 census (ABS, 2007). Some important places around the Berowra area are the Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Kuring-gai Chase National Park, Berowra Valley National Park and Marramarra National Park. Some key indigenous members of the community are Aunty Edna Watson and Uncle Wes Marne (The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability - Macquarie University, 2014) who continue to educate the community of the Aboriginal heritage and culture of the area. Other key organisations of the area include Kalkari discovery centre and the Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation.
A Place of Nation Borders
It may come as a surprise that Berowra Creek is indeed the nation border between the traditional indigenous Guringai and Darug nations. Berowra Creek is undisputedly a remarkable landscape,