Cooks River at Marrickville. I feel so lucky to have this river. It's constantly changing & always interesting.

The Dictionary of Sydney says the Aboriginal people had a strong connection with the Cooks River for tens of thousands of years & is “an attachment that continues today.”

On 9th August the Dictionary of Sydney launched ‘Fine stream’, ‘fine meadow’ – launching the Cooks River Project’ on their website.

Made possible through a Federal Government Your Community Heritage grant, today marks the culmination of a 12 month partnership between the Dictionary of Sydney & Botany Bay City, Marrickville & Canterbury City councils, the Cooks River Alliance & nine fine writer-historians whose collective works form the heart of this project.”

14 essays kick off this page, with more to be added over time. The essays cover the original inhabitants, the Eora people & the times when the river was pristine & natural, to modern day as a high-density suburb. It also covers efforts to clean up the beautiful Cooks River to whom we did so much damage in such a short time.

Who knew there was organized bareknuckle fighting in the woods by the Cooks River or a zoo for 60-years at Canterbury Racecourse?  This is a terrific resource full of interesting reading.   It is wonderful to have this kind of information freely available on the Internet.  Thank you to all involved.  See –