"Tharawal” or “Dharawal” is referred to in historical records as describing the original peoples of the southern and south western Sydney area from the south side of Botany Bay, around Port Hacking to the north of the Shoalhaven River (Nowra) and extending inland west to Campbelltown and Camden. The Gundungurra Aboriginal Tribal Council write: ‘Our ancient country is an identification of our physical and spiritual relationship with our land which spans the country from the Upper Blue Mountains to the south west through the Jamison and Burragorang Valleys towards Goulburn’.


Birth of Chief Cooman (Kourban) of the Liverpool (Cabrogal)clan. Chief Coggie and Gilbert were also prominent members of the clan.

Collins (1798) notes the 'Gahbrogal' lived away from the coast, but near saltwater/brackish areas and known by this name because they ate mangrove (toredo) worms called 'Cah-bro'.


Collins calls the south shore of Botany Bay 'Gwea', and the people the Gweagal'