Thursday, September 18, 2008

Learning About The Cammeraygal

Yesterday, my education was about the Indigenous group that lived in North Sydney.

The Cammeraygal.

Some websites mention them being part of the Eora and some don't.   I'm very confused about this!!    If anyone knows more about it and would like to explain, PLEASE do so.

I do know that Bennelong was part of the Eora. I'll talk about him on another day. He has an interesting history.

Anyway, back to the Cammeraygal (who may or may not have had connections to the Eora).

The Cammeraygal ate seafood, but I'm guessing it was usually not in the exploitive way we eat seafood today.   I'm pretty sure they didn't have any all-you-can-eat shrimp & lobster buffets.

It seems most of the Cammeraygal disappeared after the arrival of the big ships in 1788.

The suburb Cammeray is named after them.

The places the Cammeraygal hung out way back when is now called Balls Head, Berry Island, Kirribilli, Cammeray and Cremorne.  Gayden Track on Berry island has a Bushwalk where you can learn about stuff.     I guess it has signs that you can read.

The Cammeraygal name for Balls Head is Yerroulbine. There are lots of nice archeological sites-- rock carvings and all that.   In fact, a new one was found this July.   Well, the drawing isn't new. It's quite old actually. But it's new in terms of it just being found recently. How cool is that?

The name Kirribili comes from Aboriginal word Kiarabilli. That means good fishing spot.

Okay. I have no idea how to pronounce half this stuff I'm writing.

The Prime Minister lives in Kirribili.   Why not in Canberra?   You know, that's a pretty long commute. Milson's point is near Kirribili. How close? Walking distance to Luna Park?  I wonder if Kevin Rudd hangs out there when he's not busy doing the Prime Minister thing?

Anyway, if fate has us return to Luna Park, while I'm riding the rides and fearing for my life, I will think about and remember the Cammeraygal people. I will remember that when they were around there was no scary clown face to walk through.