Blacktown Native Institute site

Site of a large Native Institution Mission House and chapel, six small cottages and some outbuildings erected in 1823 at Black Town.

Milestone
Opened
1823
Closed
1833
Property
Owned by
1844 - 1878
Type

Lock, Maria

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2008

Educated at the Native Institution in Parramatta, Maria Lock was the first Aboriginal woman officially married to a British convict. They settled on land granted to her in Blacktown, and descendants still live in the area.

Colebee and Nurragingy's land grant

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2015

The land granted to Colebee and Nurragingy in 1819 was one of the rare instances where the colonial government recognised Aboriginal interests in land. The site is of enduring importance for Aboriginal people who trace their traditional ancestry and social history back to this place and is part of the ongoing history of Aboriginal peoples' struggle for land rights.