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The Land and the River  

 

 

The Georges River

 

 

The Campbelltown area sits between two river systems, the Georges and the Nepean with many tributaries feeding both.  With water in reach, and the undulating hills of the area offering good pasture, it wasn’t long before colonists moved into this region.   The rivers made the topography difficult for settlers in some areas, as deep gorges formed steep sided approaches to the water.  Only a few miles distant, plains often flooded making agriculture somewhat difficult not to mention heartbreaking.  The areas Cumberland plain woodlands were cleared for farming and grazing, at times in history the hillsides looked almost bare and eroded.  Today the area has regained most of the cover it once had, though not all of it native species,  land management in the last century achieving many of its aims.

The Georges River, photo from the mid 1900s', photographer unknown. 

 

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