Sydney Park

26_21_0091_Page_126_21_0091_Page_2P0751-P14P0751-P14Sydney Park is bounded by the Princes Highway and Euston, Campbell, Barwon Park and Sydney Park roads. The north-west part of the park is on the edge of a Wianamatta Shale belt from which brick-making clay was extracted in the 19th and 20th centuries. Prior to European settlement, this area would have been a forest of turpentine and ironbark trees. The south-eastern area of the park is on Botany sands with swamps, marshes and heath associated with the waterway now known as Sheas Creek. Land between Parramatta Road and the Cooks River (today’s Newtown-St Peters area, including Sydney Park), was known as the District of Bullanaming (or Bulanaming) in the beginning of the 19th century. The Newtown-St Peters area was also referred to as the ‘Kangaroo Ground’. Local Aboriginal people, the Gadigal and Wangal, hunted kangaroo on the grasslands here, and fished and camped at the swamps, creeks and rivers that crisscrossed the area.

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