Aboriginal heritage is complex and diverse. There were once over 500 different clan groups across Australia with distinctive cultures and beliefs. Sadly, many of these languages and ways of life have now been lost. The Willoughby area was once the home of the Cammeraygal and Wallumedegal peoples, but no known descendants remain.
The Aboriginal Heritage Office is a joint initiative by Lane Cove, Manly, North Sydney, Warringah and Willoughby councils, in order to protect Aboriginal Heritage in these areas.
Part of the work of the Aboriginal Heritage office is to monitor these Aboriginal Sites on a day-to-day basis. Long term management reports are developed to ensure sites are preserved and protected.
Another key role of the Aboriginal Heritage office is to give Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people involved with these council areas a way to discuss issues or concerns they may have. The office is in direct contact with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and its many resources.
For further information, visit the Aboriginal Heritage Office at 1 Pittwater Road, Manly 2095, phone 02 9936 8262 or download the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Services Directory (404 KB).
Bo-rā-ne Ya-goo-na Par-ry-boo-go
Yesterday Today Tomorrow: An Aboriginal History of Willoughby
by Jessica Currie
Placing Willoughby into its context within the greater Sydney region, Jessica Currie’s book was produced with the support of Willoughby City Council and the Aboriginal Heritage Office of the Northern Sydney region.
The book explores and traces the Aboriginal history of Willoughby, taking a reader on a chronological journey, detailing the rich, cultural history of Aboriginal people in the area from creation through to the present day.
After months of research, Jessica has produced a permanent written and pictorial record of Aboriginal history in the Willoughby area.
Copies of Jessica Currie’s book may be purchased for $19.95 at Chatswood, Artarmon, Naremburn and Northbridge Libraries and at Council's Help and Service Centre (Level 4, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood).