Late 1800s through to the 1900s:
Agriculture and Quarrying
The lakes transformed as a place of agricultural production that supplied the growing colony, as well as seeing significant conflict between the traditional owners and European settlers.
Agriculture thrived but landowners increasingly exploited the river gravel deposits to build a growing city and the dam that supplies its fresh water. The quarry supported Sydney’s housing and infrastructure projects for generations, from the late 1800s to 2015.