Reconciliation Day at Prospect Hill

History lesson: Prospect Hill has an important place in Australian history.
History lesson: Prospect Hill has an important place in Australian history.

AN important but often forgotten event in Australia's history will be remembered at Prospect Hill on Friday.

The Reconciliation Day event will commemorate the first recorded attempt of reconciliation between the Darug Aboriginal people of western Sydney and European settlers in NSW.

On May 3, 1805, a group of Aboriginal women from the area, the Kennedy family and Parramatta judge Samuel Marsden facilitated a meeting between Aboriginal leaders and European settlers at Prospect Hill.

It was the first step towards the eventual end of ongoing conflict in Parramatta and Prospect as Aboriginal women offered and shared food with the men whom they believed responsible for killing their husbands and sons.

"The aim was to stop hostilities," Holroyd Council Aboriginal advisory committee chairman David Williams said.

"Like any policy, there were hiccups but the people who were there were doing it for the best interests of Australia at the time. If we don't know our history, we can't be better for the future."

Holroyd Council first commemorated the day in 2010 and it has since become an annual event.

"The partnership between the Aboriginal community and Holroyd Council is an exceptional relationship," Mr Williams said.

He encouraged people to attend Friday's reconciliation day to get an insight of Australia's first treaty between Aboriginal and European settlers.

"Come and listen to our stories," Mr Williams said.

This story Reconciliation Day at Prospect Hill first appeared on Parramatta Sun.


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