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Campbelltown 2020 Our Program

The Campbelltown 2020 Program is a year-long series of civic, community and cultural events and activities that celebrates local history and heritage through an acknowledgement of the rich Aboriginal history, bicentennial milestones and future aspirations of the city. 

Campbelltown 2020 takes the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the city as a key milestone in the history of the region, and an opportunity to reflect on the qualities and characteristics that have evolved with the community over time and are now embedded in the DNA of Campbelltown.

This program includes an exciting array of events, activities and participatory projects for all ages that aims to draw into focus the shared histories and experiences of our diverse community.

Campbelltown 2020 will be a feature of all upcoming Council Community Events.   Check back regularly, we will continue to update the 2020 program as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

An advisory group(107KB, PDF) guides the development of the Campbelltown 2020 program.

We invite you to celebrate the storied history of the region, offering a moment for the community to reflect on our journey so far and consider what our collective future may look like.

Program Highlights

The Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle

Aboriginal yarning Circle artistic impression drawing

The first yarning circle in the public domain of the region will be built as part of the Campbelltown 2020 program. It will be both a symbolic and functional space for everyone to celebrate enduring Aboriginal cultural practices and learn from one another.

Yarning Circles are Aboriginal cultural spaces that have been used for thousands of years to learn from a collective group, build respectful relationships and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge. They are also meeting places for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to come together and talk, or yarn, about social issues.

The Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle represents a commitment to supporting and sharing Aboriginal culture and acknowledging the long standing history of the Dharawal people of Campbelltown.

The Campbelltown 2020 Yarning Circle will be launched in November, 2020.

Have your say on the design elements by Tuesday 30 June.

We acknowledge the support and contributions of the Dharawal Men's Aboriginal Corporation, Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council and Cubbitch Barta Native Title Claimants in the development of this project.

The Campbelltown 2020 Remembrance Flower

Fringe Lily (Thysanotus tuberosus)

The Fringe Lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) is the perennial herb that is indigenous to the Macarthur region and yet is often difficult to spot in the wild. It can be best distinguished by its bright purple 'lily-like' flowers.

Within Dharawal culture, the Fringe Lily is associated with a narrative of remembrance and acknowledging and reflecting on the past. With this in mind, the Fringe Lily has been adopted as The Campbelltown 2020 Remembrance Flower.

With the support of The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, over 1000 Fringe Lily plants will be propagated from seed and gifted to the community to enjoy these stunning flowers in their own homes and gardens.

The Remembrance Flower symbolises a commitment to Aboriginal storytelling and ensure local histories are remembered.

300 Fringe Lilies have been gifted to the community during events such as Australia Day and Ingleburn Alive. The remaining Fringe Lilies will be included in other events or projects through Spring and Summer 2020.

The Fringe Lily is propagated by Growing Friends Volunteers from Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. This program has also been supported by The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

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.

Only in Campbelltown

284-298 Queen Street, Campbelltown
284-298 Queen Street, Campbelltown. (L-R): McGuanne House, the Old Railway Hotel, Stanwell House and the Coaching House.

Only in Campbelltown, is a series of guided tours across the region that celebrate local history and heritage through an exploration and discovery of monuments, landmarks and buildings – some well-known and others, well kept secrets.

This program will be presented in a series of videos that will feature on Council's website and social media sharing memories and connections to our culturally rich and diverse city.

Unusual Buildings
with Andrew Allen, Local Studies Librarian
Public Art and Monuments
with Adam Porter, Senior Curator of Visual Arts, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Historic Houses
with Andrew Allen, Local Studies Librarian
Aboriginal Culture
with Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council
The Bicentennial Story
with Andrew Allen, Local Studies Librarian

The Aboriginal Cultural Tour has been supported by the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council.

200 Years Together: Photo Gallery

Hurley Park, the site of the historic Cattle Tank Water Reservoir
Campbelltown reservoir and Cattle Tank water reservoir, Hurley Park Campbelltown (1886). Photo: Campbelltown City Library. Courtesy Kerry and Jones Collection.

Take a trip back through time from 1820s Campbelltown right through to modern Campbelltown today. This pictorial journey through 200 years of Campbelltown will take place over 20 weeks, featuring on Council's Facebook and Instagram pages every Monday from 1 June.  The photo gallery from each decade will be revealed on our website at the same time.

Share your stories with us

  • The social media campaign will share a handful of historically significant photographs from each decade focusing on the people, places, events and stories that have shaped Campbelltown.
  • If these weekly posts spark your interest, discover more local stories from each decade on our website. As we progress through the decades from 1820s Campbelltown to 2020 our 200 Years Together photo gallery will reveal the rich and multilayered history of Campbelltown.
  • You can contribute to our online gallery by uploading your own historical photos of Campbelltown from Monday 1 June.

The 2020 Children's Storybook

Children's Storybook

We invite locals to create new stories and original artworks to contribute to the publishing of a children’s storybook by and for our local families.

The 2020 Children’s Storybook is an exciting project that invites children and their families from across Campbelltown to take part in fun and engaging activities to celebrate this special moment in our history.

This initiative has been developed in partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange, a leading community arts and digital engagement organisation based in Western Sydney.

The activities will take place at Glenquarie Library throughout 2020, with the finished book being launched during Children’s Week, 26 – 30 October, 2020.

In partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange.

Campbelltown Literacy Initiative for Diverse Writers

Campbelltown Literacy Initiative for Diverse Writers Mentors
Campbelltown Literacy Initiative for Diverse Writers Mentors. (L-R): Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Phoebe Grainer, Winnie Dunn and Stephen Pham. Photo: Tyler Aves.

Students from local schools will have the opportunity to create new stories and narratives of local experiences, touching on personal history and heritage as part of the Campbelltown Literacy Initiative for Diverse Writers.

This program is a series of school-based literacy workshops, masterclasses and excursions for young people from Campbelltown and run in partnership with Sweatshop.

Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney that is devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities through reading, writing and critical thinking.

Throughout 2020, students will author new creative and critical texts that will be included in public artworks, live readings, podcasts, videos and publications that will be launched locally and in Sydney as part of the 2020 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Proudly presented by the Crown and Packer Foundation through the Western Sydney Arts Initiative.

Nature Photography Competition

A joint venture between Macarthur councils to host a nature photography competition with a number of categories covering age groups and levels of experience.

Five themed categories

  1. Native Flora
  2. Native Fauna
  3. Waterways
  4. Landscapes of Macarthur
  5. A new category Backyard Biodivierity.

How to enter

This 2020 competition will launch 21 September. A range of online photography and nature tutorials is being explored to run alongside the competition.

Campbelltown Arts Centre Programs

Campbelltown Arts Centre Creative Programs

In 2020 Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) will present a suite of programs and public art projects that complement the unique, diverse and creative landscape of Campbelltown.

The Fringe Lily Mural Project

The Fringe Lily Mural Project is an exciting new public artwork that has been created by local Aboriginal artist, Peter Gregson, in collaboration with Aboriginal street artist, Merindah Funnell. Together, they have been working with the community to create a dynamic and colourful mural that celebrates the Campbelltown 2020 Remembrance Flower, the Fringe Lily.

Across a series of workshops held at community events, and working closely with specific groups, Peter and Merindah have engaged the community to reflect on their personal connection to Campbelltown, and in doing so consider the role of memory in forming a sense of place.

The Fringe Lily Mural was unveiled at HJ Library, Campbelltown on Friday 20 March as part of Seniors Festival, 2020.

Break the Cinnamon Branch

Local families can get involved in a new participatory work by Sri Lankan-Australian artist, Jagath Dheerasekara to explore the notion of food and its preparation and consumption as both a daily cultural performance and resistance.

Throughout 2020, Jagath will spend time with families from across the Campbelltown area, making food and reflecting on the ingredients, recipes, growing and storing methods. They will exchange cultural and political histories and memories both personal and collective.

To register your interest to participate in this program contact

An iteration of this project will be launched with a collective cooking performance as part of FEAST Festival in September 2020.

Sanpo Make Boxes

We have a strong connection to our Sister City Koshigaya, Japan and the Japanese Gardens within the Campbelltown Art Centre is the perfect place to see and feel that connection.

Discover your 5 senses and unleash the creativity inside you with local artist guide Machiko Motoi

The MAKE BOX | SANPO Edition is 5 smaller boxes, each containing new art making materials and new creative activities inspired by one of the 5 senses and a space in your home.

After exploring your 5 senses within your home, the adventure continues online in Campbelltown Arts Centre’s virtual tour of the Japanese Garden.

You’ll also get to meet others and share your SANPO experience within a Facebook group where you can post your SANPO creations.

This program is eligible for the Service NSW Creative Kids voucher.

Opening July - check back for updates.


Check back regularly for updates to the 2020 program.

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