Located some 15 km north-west of the Sydney CBD, North Ryde is an outer suburb of Sydney, New South Wales.
North Ryde - Aboriginal History
The graves of Bennelong and Nanbaree, two famously significant Aboriginal people, are situated at Kissing Point, North Ryde. Bennelong was born around 1764 and was of the Wangal mob and was one of the most notable indigenous people in Australia's colonization. Bennelong taught the early settlers Aboriginal customs and language and helped relations between the two groups. When Governor Phillip was speared at Manly in 1790, Bennelong persuaded him that a misunderstanding caused the attack. Governor Phillip had a hut built for Bennelong on what became known as Bennelong Point, the site of the Sydney Opera House. A number of rock shelters and shell middens occur at North Ryde and at Glades Bay aboriginal art rock engravings are found. The Aboriginal Land Rights Act in New South Wales was proclaimed on 1985. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
Today North Ryde is the heart of the hi-tech hub of Sydney. Macquarie University is adjacent to the CSIRO North Ryde site; this collocation is helping Sydney's reputation as a centre of excellence for research.