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Occupied by the Dharug Aboriginal people for many thousands of years prior to European settlement, The Blacktown area was soon reached by Europeans after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, with the first land grants being made here in 1791.

The establishment of farms in the district brought the indigenous inhabitants and the white settlers into conflict with each other and the combination of introduced diseases and the superior weaponry of the Europeans saw the Aboriginal population of the Sydney area decimated in a matter of just a few short years.

Some of the surviving Aborigines were taught European farming techniques. A school was initially set up for the Aborigines at Parramatta in 1814 but this was moved further west in the 1820s as that area became more densely settled. The school and the area around it at the new site were known as ‘Black’s Town’, and it is from a derivation of this that the City of Blacktown was named.

The railway reached Blacktown in 1860 and in 1862 the first Post Office was opened at the railway station.

The Shire of Blacktown was formed in 1906; in 1961 Blacktown became a municipality; and in 1979 the City of Blacktown was declared.

The City of Blacktown is today comprised of 45 suburbs and is located around 35 kilometres from Sydney.

Blacktown and District Historical Society
Information: The Society was founded in 1876. Its aims are to encourage study, promote the protection of, acquire and preserve materials relating to, and provide education about, history in the local area and Australia.
Publications: The Turret (journal) is issued quarterly to members.

PO Box 500
Blacktown NSW 2148

Website: http://www.blacktownhistory.org.au
Prospect Heritage Trust Inc
Information: The Trust was founded in 1967 and aims to preserve and promote the history of the Prospect area; and to assist all interested persons in obtaining historical information on the area, espcially for educational purposes.
Publications: 'Prospect'.
Events: National Trust Heritage Festival; speakers at meetings on 2nd Sunday (1st Sunday in May); bus tours throughout the year (3rd Sunday).
President Phone: 02 9831 1879
Secretary Phone: 02 9621 8225
Contact: Brian French (President); Jill Finch (Secretary)

PO Box 315
Blacktown NSW 2148

Prospect History Cottage
Information: Displays include a photographic and manuscript exhibition illustrating the history of the Prospect area from the first land grant in 1791. Open 11am to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (except May when it opens on teh 1st and 4th Sunday.

Prospect Reservoir, Reservoir Road
Prospect NSW 2148




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