Koori families are living not only in Salt Pan Creek but scattered in many places around the river in areas like Wooli Creek and towards Lugarno and Oatley.


Biddy Giles is born. Her country is within Gweagal country, who is part of Dharawal. Dharwhal country was on the southern side of the Georges River and Botany Bay – towards what became known as Kurnell. She is said to have spoken ‘pure Botany Bay Thurruwal’. Goodall and Cadzow, Rivers and Resilience, 87-88, 137.

  • Biddy Giles and Jimmy Lowndes, Georges River Tribe - 1880 - courtesy of the National Library of Australia
  • Dolls Point people - 1880


Most of the Koori survivors of the eastern seaboard have gathered into the 'Sydney Tribe' living on the northern side of the Harbour and the ‘Southern people’ living and working in and around the inlets and bays up the Georges River.

A tribal gathering hosted by Bungaree is attended by people from all over Sydney and beyond, including from as far south as Five Islands and the Hunter.

  • 'Boungarie', drawn by Mikhailov, 1820, Courtesy AIATSIS


Kogi (his name is spelled in many different ways) is seen at the head of his clan at the Governor’s Feast in Parramatta.