Croydon Past and Present
by Daniel and Conan
Croydon Train Station when it was called Five Dock
The Croydon Train Station Today
The original inhabitants of the area
The originals inhabitants ( A.K.A) the Aboriginals lived a distinct lifestyle but that changed due to British arrival. The Wangal clan part of the Dharug nation.Mainly worked in two groups of gender, The men hunted whilst the women gathered. The men speared animals such as kangaroos, wombats, wallabies and other animals. The women gatherd berries, fruit, insects and small edible things.
Ceremonies included dancing, singing and other spiritual beliefs. This taught the young children in the tribe. They played instruments such as didgeridoo and clapping sticks. They also had a religion of the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime included the rainbow serpent and other famous spirits and other members of your tribe.
The resources that the Aboriginals used were natural. This included wood, bark, animal skin, rocks, leaves and other natural resources. They used these materials to make things such as canoes, weapons, gunnya's, clothing and fire.
When the British settled to the area
The first settlers were the Europeans and the British. They lived a very different lifestyle to the original inhabitants of the Wangal land. They also built weapons stronger than the Aboriginal ones. They also built pernament sturctures unlike the Aboriginals and they also brang sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens instead of the natural animals of the land.
They decided to move to the Croydon area because, it was between the two main settlements Parramatta and Sydney plus the land was not very dense. The land became more residental as the land was subdivided.
Important events in the area
Croydon has had many historical events during the years:
- The Sydney to Parramatta railway being built 1793
- Parramatta Road built 1791
- Liverpool Road built 1813
- John Towson being the first resident 1784
- PLC established 1892
- Croydon Public School 1884
- Centurium of the post office 2013
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENTS AREN'T IN CHRONICAL ORDER