Elouera Bushland Natural Park

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Elouera Bushland Natural Park

Elouera Bushland Natural Park was a bushland reserve in the south of Berowra Valley in Hornsby Shire, which is now incorporated into Berowra Valley Regional Park.

Elouera is an Aboriginal word meaning 'fine view' or 'beautiful place'. [1] There is significant evidence of long-term Aboriginal occupation of the area. These were probably Dharug people – their local tribal name was recorded in the 1890s as 'Benowie', a name which has been used for the Berowra Valley walking track. Twenty Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the boundaries of the park, including rock carvings, cave paintings, axe grindings, a water channel, and a rock shelter. [2]

Elouera Bushland Natural Park was created in 1964, based on an existing reserve. The Park comprised some 640 hectares, centred on the upper reach of Berowra Creek, known as Fishponds Creek or Thornleigh Creek. It was managed by a group of honorary trustees, one of the founders being Max Ruddock, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Hills electorate. In 1967 Dr Joyce Vickery, a local botanist, donated over 40 hectares to the park. In 1987 the park was incorporated into the larger Berowra Valley Regional Park. [3]

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[1] Elouera Bushland Natural Park Trust, A Guide to Elouera Bushland Natural Park, the trust, Hornsby NSW, 1983, p 2

[2] Elouera Bushland Natural Park Trust, A Guide to Elouera Bushland Natural Park, the trust, Hornsby NSW, 1983, pp 35–36

[3] Claire Schofield, The Shaping of Hornsby Shire, Hornsby Shire Council, Hornsby NSW, 1988, pp 220–21; Elouera Bushland Natural Park Trust, A Guide to Elouera Bushland Natural Park, the trust, Hornsby NSW, 1983, p 9

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