Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners.

Map showing Aboriginal homelands in New South Wales Australia.

The Goulburn to Markdale region relates to the settlement of the MARKS, LAMB and FRASER families.

The Yass to Harden/Murrumburrah region relates to the settlement of the GRANT/HOLT families.

The Dapto region relates to the settlement of the GORMAN families.

In addition to these connections it is known that the STEWART-DOODY marriage took place in Goulburn,

“The Dharawal and their neighbours”

via  A History of Aboriginal People of the Illawarra 1770 to 1970

Gundungurra  (also spelled Gandangara)

Dharug (also spelled Dharrook)

Wiradjuri and Ngunawal

“The Darug are the Traditional Owners of Western Sydney. Cabramatta takes its name from the Cabrogal band of the Darug-speaking people that lived around Liverpool and Fairfield when the British for thousands of years. The Cabrogal name comes from the cobra or cabra grub, an edible freshwater worm which breeds in submerged wood.” 

“‘Cabrogal’ is the name of the band of Australian Aborigines found in the Liverpool and Georges River region of western Sydney. In 1795, when Bass and Flinders first explored the Georges River before the colonisation of the Liverpool area, the Darug, Tharawal and Gandangara tribes lived in the area. These three tribal groups were divided into smaller clans or bands. Each of these clans was named after the area of land where they normally resided. The suffix 'gal' was added to the place name to distinguish the members of that clan. The clan group around Liverpool was the Cabrogal, named after the cohbra grubs they harvested at the banks of the Georges River, especially near Cabramatta Creek.

“The Wodi Wodi are the aboriginal custodians of the Illawarra who spoke a variant of the Dharawal language. Dharawal speakers lived and live in the country from Botany Bay and Campbelltown in the north through the Nepean, Wollondilly, Georges, and Cataract water catchments, west to Moss Vale [Illillawatta] and south to the Shoalhaven River and Jarvis Bay.” A History of Aboriginal People of the Illawarra 1770 to 1970

“In Goulburn NSW, the plains and Wollondilly River provided native game and fish for a number of the traditional aboriginal peoples including: Mulwaree, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Dharrook, Tharawal, Lachlan, Pajong, Parramarragoo, Cookmal and Gnunawal. The Goulburn region was known as a meeting place for all these groups, it wasn’t inhabited by just one group of people.

Great epidemics of disease largely wiped out the indigenous population in the 19th century and sadly, few of the original inhabitants remained by the turn of the 20th.”

“The Gundungurra dialect was spoken in all the country between Burragorang and Picton, and as far as Goulburn, Crookwell and Yass. The Dharug dialect, very closely resembling the Gundungurra, was spoken at Campbelltown, Liverpool, Camden, Penrith and possibly as far east as Sydney. The Gundungurra and Dharug natives could converse together but with difficulty.”

When first encountered by European settlers in the 1820s, the Ngunawal people lived in an area roughly bounded by what is now the towns of Braidwood, Goulburn, Boorowa, Harden, Gundagai and Cooma. ...“traditional Aboriginal people, the Ngunawal, have occupied the area in the vicinity of the present town of Yass which was central to the clan boundaries of the Ngunawal people.  The clan boundaries encompassed the area from Goulburn to the north, Gundagai to the west, Cooma to the south and Braidwood to the east.  This also includes the entire territory of the Australian Capital Territory on which the national capital, Canberra, is situated.”

Bigga and Binda are on the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people.

Prior to white settlement the Crookwell area was inhabited by the Gundungara people.