Glimpses of Canberra

Ngunawal - the traditional owners


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The traditional owners of the area of Canberra are the  Ngunawal people.  I have been fortunate to meet with Ngunawal elders, Mr and Mrs Don & Ruth Bell who have shared information about Canberra and Yass districts including the area of land now known as Stirling Park, Yarralumla and Capital Hill.  This area was part of an old pathway from the Black Mountain Area to Red Hill and down to Tuggranong and Tidbinbilla.  The following photograph was taken on Stirling Ridge a few years ago. Mr Bell had just picked up a stone artefact on the hill and was in the act of showing it to us when the photograph was taken.  Don was the youngest son of  James and Christina (nee Brown) Carroll.  Following his father's death his mother remarried a man with the surname of Bell. 

More detailed information about the Ngunawal including Mr Bell's family and a story he wrote for True Tales from Canberra's Vanished Suburbs of Westlake, Westridge & Acton [Gugler AR 1997] can be found in my web Canberra Camps .  Included in that web is information on the Hume Aboriginal family.

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