Campbelltown Council unveils new mural to celebrate Macarthur's indigenous history

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and councillor Meg Oates. Picture: Chris Lane
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and councillor Meg Oates. Picture: Chris Lane

Hundreds of local residents have marked a milestone year in Campbelltown's history with the creation of a mural.

The artwork at HJ Daley Library depicts the Campbelltown 2020 program's remembrance flower, the Fringe Lily.

The mural was designed by local Aboriginal artist, Peter Gregson from the Little Orange Studio at the Campbelltown Arts Centre while Aboriginal street artist and Wiradjuri woman Merindah Funnell coordinated the workshops to create the mural.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the completed mural was the result of team work.

"More than 200 people participated in workshops at events like Festival of Fisher's Ghost and Australia Day as well as many other council programs to create this magnificent work," Cr Brticevic said.

"This mural celebrates the connection of our local Dharawal Aboriginal people to the land and their enduring legacy in our community.

"While the COVID-19 health situation has impacted our planned Campbelltown 2020 program, we will still be celebrating this milestone with our community through other means so I encourage people to keep an eye out for updates."

Campbelltown 2020 celebrates more than 60,000 years of the area's rich Aboriginal history and the bicentennial milestone of 200 years since NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared Campbelltown a township.

The Fringe Lily was chosen because it is a perennial herb that is indigenous to the Macarthur region and is best distinguished by its bright purple flowers.

It is associated with remembrance and reflection on the past in the culture of the local Dharawal Aboriginal people.