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Parish: Woonona
County: Camden

Cataract is a large, mostly unpopulated area west of the Wollongong Local Government Area. It is also home to Cataract Dam, which provides water to the Illawarra, Sydney and surrounding areas.

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Local communities of Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants and Traditional Custodians of Illawarra Land. Their dialect is a variant of the Dharawal language.

Before European settlement, the Aboriginal people of the region lived in small family groups with complicated social structures and close associations with specific areas.

Suburb boundaries do not reflect the cultural boundaries of the local Aboriginal community.

Traditional Custodians today are descendants of the original inhabitants and have ongoing spiritual and cultural ties to the Land and waterways where their ancestors lived.

Do have historical information, family stories or photographs of Cataract ?

We welcome donations of historical and recent material about our region, as long as there are no restrictions on how material can be used.

Contact our Local Studies team to discuss a donation in person, by phone on (02) 4227 7415, or by email.

Top image: An avenue of pines on Cataract Road, 1956. See image details on our catalogue.