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Koalas are well known as one of the most iconic symbols of Australia. Learn more about their national and local history.
Koalas are well known as one of the most iconic symbols of Australian identity and tourism. Koalas have featured in some of the most famous TV commercials, books and TV series like Blinky Bill.
Did you know? The first recorded European sighting of a koala occurred near Bargo in 1798 by John Price. It was not until the 1890s that koalas were recorded in Campbelltown, some 100 years later.
Garilwa -The word ‘koala’ is thought to have come from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘no drink’ because koalas obtain most of the moisture they need from gum leaves.
Twenty seven years of data recorded by Professor Robert Close and many other research students and community members formed the creation of the Campbelltown Koala Research and Database 1989 - 2016.
Mac’s Macarthur Koala Column was a long running newspaper feature which published weekly stories about Campbelltown’s koalas in the Macarthur Advertiser.