The History of The Vineyard and Subiaco Estate – Rydalmere

The History of The Vineyard and Subiaco Estate – Rydalmere

The Darug people

The Darug people, who are also referred to as the Dharruk, Dharung, Dharrook, Darrook, Dharug and the Broken Bay tribe, are the traditional owners of the Rydalmere area [1]. The Darug nation spans from Broken Bay to the northeast, the lower Blue Mountains to the west, the Southern Highlands to the southwest and the Illawarra to the southeast. John McClymont relates that “the traditional landowners, the Darug speaking Aboriginal Wallumetta clan, had subsisted for hundreds of centuries along the northern banks and hinterland of the Parramatta river… The clan ranged westward as far as the Subiaco and Vineyard Creeks where the Wallumettagal held corroborees on land granted to Phillip Schaeffer.” (more…)