Campbelltown 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the formation of the City of Campbelltown – a key milestone in the rich history of the local area. But the story of Campbelltown stretches far beyond 200 years, beginning with the Dharawal People over 60,000 years ago, and continuing today with the recent histories of our multicultural community. Campbelltown is now home to over 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who contribute to one of the most culturally diverse Councils in Australia.
The formation of the City
It was Governor Lachlan Macquarie who founded and named Campbelltown on the afternoon of 1 December, 1820. A crowd of fifty or sixty curious farmers watched as he marked out the site, “This ceremony having gone through, I named the township Campbell-Town in honour of Mrs Macquarie’s maiden name, and on my pronouncing this name aloud, all present gave three hearty cheers in honour of the occasion…” the Governor later recounted. Since then, the City and its surrounds has grown and evolved with the needs and requirements of the local community.
Today, Campbelltown is on the cusp of unprecedented growth and development
The Campbelltown 2020 program is a celebration of local cultural and built heritage, and aims to actively engage the local community in telling the good stories of the region. You'll also have the chance to learn more about our vision for Reimagining Campbelltown CBD to create a sustainable, resilient, prosperous and liveable city which services the broader Macarthur region.
Why commemorate Campbelltown 2020
Campbelltown 2020 provides an opportunity for the community to collectively reflect on the evolution of the city, and consider the traits that make Campbelltown a place of opportunity.
To celebrate, we are hosting a number of civic, community and cultural activities that reflect on the rich Aboriginal history and bicentennial milestones of Campbelltown. Share you good stories of the region with us as we celebrate our local culture and built heritage.
Check out Our Campbelltown 2020 Program for what's on.
Campbelltown 2020 Logo
The Campbelltown 2020 logo was designed by local artists and graphic designers, Joshur Bell and Feras Shaheen. The logo draws inspiration from an archive of typographic signage and advertising found across the region from the 19th and 20th Centuries, presented in a simple and bold palette of green, orange, black and white.
A visual language is created with the inclusion of geometric shapes
- The three circles representing the three pillars of the program – the rich Aboriginal history, Bicentennial milestones, and future aspirations of the area.
- The two undulating lines reference the two rivers, the Georges and Nepean, which have cradled the region and been essential in the evolution of the city, from a pastoral outpost, to a thriving centre of the Western Parklands City.
Campbelltown 2020 Advisory Group
An Advisory Group has been formed to guide the development of the Campbelltown 2020 Program.
Members of the group, including Councilors, Council staff and members of the local community consist of:
|Cr Meg Oates
||Chair, Campbelltown City Council
|Cr Masood Chowdhury
||Campbelltown City Council
|Mr John White
||Vice President, Campbelltown Airds Historical Society
|Mrs Nola Lucre
||Manager Customer & Stakeholder Relations - Macarthur
|Mrs Annette Lamb
||YARPA Business & Employment Partnership Manager at NSW Aboriginal Land Council
|Mr Josh Bell
||Local Business Owner/Aboriginal Community Representative
|Mrs Wendy White
||Owner & Principal MC, Sparkling Invoices
|Mrs Ruth Banfield
||Cultural & Community Representative
|Mr Feras Shaheen
||Contemporary Dancer and Graphic Designer/Youth Representative
|Mr Robert Barrie
||Multimedia Producer/Youth Representative
|Mr Dylan Croall
||Campaign Project Officer, Literacy for Life Foundation/Aboriginal representative
|Mrs Carlene Cardona-Elvy
||Owner, South West Sydney Virtual Assistant