About us

The Hunters Hill Trust is a community organisation with 49 years proud history of helping to preserve the unique heritage of Australia’s oldest garden suburb.  The Trust was formed in 1968 when it was the site of the world’s first green bans.  We have fought alongside others to preserve public lands around Sydney Harbour, including Kelly’s Bush and the Sydney Harbour Defence Lands.

The Priory, 1857 (image Sardaka)

The Priory, 1857 (image Sardaka)

The Trust has more than 300 members.  We contribute to various community forums and organisations.

  • Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel (CAP):  Tony Coote
  • Bushland Management Committee:  Brigid Dowsett
  • Sustainability and Biodiversity Advisory Committee:  Brigid Dowsett
  • Traffic Committee: Alister Sharp.

Incredibly, Hunters Hill has 1,244 listed heritage items, including buildings, sub-divisions, bushland, stone walls and 223 places listed on the Register of the National Estate.  It is a place of national significance.  Please help us keep it that way.

Wallumatagal:  traditional custodians of the land

Wallumatagal well, pre-European settlement (Image: Len)

Hunters Hill Trust acknowledges the traditional custodians of Hunters Hill and shows respect to Elders past and present.

The Wallumatagal were custodians of this part of Sydney for thousands of years. The northern side of the Parramatta river, now known as Hunters Hill and Ryde, was called Wallumatta. There is extensive evidence of the lives of the Wallumattagal, especially along the foreshores. There are 51 registered archaeological sites in Hunters Hill that include axe-grinding grooves, rock engravings, hand stencils, middens, shelters with art, burial sites and wells.

By the 1830s when the first European settlers came to the area, large numbers of the Wallumatagal people had died from smallpox or been driven from their land.