dairy farming

Memories of Your Suburb: Cawdor

Originally inhabited by the Dharawal, Gundungurra and Cubbitch-barta people, the land became part of the vast holdings acquired by John Macarthur in the early years of the 1800s. Cawdor was the first village to develop in the Cowpastures district. It predated Camden by more than 20 years. The name was given to the area by Governor Macquarie to honour his wife’s family’s connection to Scotland.

War Cemetery Cawdor Road Camden. This Cemetery contains the remains of Air Force personnel killed while based at Camden Aerodrome during World War II. Phil Flack President Camden RSL inspecting. 1998. Copyright: Camden Historical Society.

War Cemetery Cawdor Road Camden. This Cemetery contains the remains of Air Force personnel killed while based at Camden Aerodrome during World War II. Phil Flack President Camden RSL inspecting. 1998. Copyright: Camden Historical Society.

The area still supports dairy farms. In the 1960s and 1970s, both the eastern & western sides of Cawdor Road were subdivided and sold, but in the early 1990s local residents were successful in opposing proposed higher density developments. Today most of the suburb is part of Wollondilly Shire although the cemeteries remain in Camden Local Government Area. In 2001, Camden High School was moved from the centre of Camden township to Cawdor Road. A development application for a proposed Muslim school in Cawdor was rejected on appeal to the Land and Environment Court in 2009.
(Information provided by Camden Historical Society, Camden Council Library Service and Camden Council Community Profile)

Memories of Your Suburb: Ellis Lane

Cobbitty Paddocks was the original name for Ellis Lane, which lies within a loop of the Nepean River. The later name recognises a teamster, Solomon Ellis, whose son farmed the property “Fernleigh”. Dairy farming became the prime industry however, farms gradually disappeared following recent difficulties in the dairy industry and land becoming more valuable for housing development.

Aerial photo of cultivated area in loop of Nepean River. Known as'Cobbitty Paddocks' at northern end of Ellis Lane. c. 1990s. Copyright: Camden Historical Society.

Aerial photo of cultivated area in loop of Nepean River. Known as’Cobbitty Paddocks’ at northern end of Ellis Lane. c. 1990s. Copyright: Camden Historical Society.

Some turf growing and market gardening is still conducted in the area. The creation of additional new housing subdivisions continues to increase the population density and gradually transform the rural nature of Ellis Lane.
(Information provided by Camden Historical Society, Camden Council Library Service and Camden Council Community Profile)