Destruction of Narrabeen reserve

The last community campsite on the northern Sydney coast, at Narrabeen, is destroyed to make way for the National Fitness camp.

Dennis Foley writes (Foley, 2001: 57-8)

“Many of our people lived in and around the Narrabeen area long into the 1960s. They were fishermen or worked in rural industry before the 1940s when cattle and farming were still attempted in the northern beach areas. The area that the New South Wales Academy of Sport is built on, was one of our last camps. The National Fitness Camp as it was then known was constructed on the bulldozed foundations of a camp that survived on the urban fringe right up to the late 1950s. … As children we would accompany our uncles fishing for blackfish, crab and prawn. They knew exactly when and where to fish. This was of course before the murder of the lake by pollution”.

  • Denis Foley and Rickie Maynard
  • Bush Food
  • Fish were a staple of both European and Koori diets in the 1920s
  • Bush foods
  • Wild grape
  • Liz Landers, Aboriginal Support Group, Northern Beaches
  • Mangrove fruit
  • Bush nuts (Macadamia)
  • Gymea Lily for nectar
  • Warrigal spinach
  • Banksia for making Bool ('Bull') to drink