History

History
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Our City has a rich history and Council has worked to improve the community and the lives of its residents in all of its previous incarnations. History canterbury bankstown Our City has a rich history and Council has worked to improve the community and the lives of its residents in all of its previous incarnations.  


 

We acknowledge the Aboriginal groups who are the original people of Canterbury-Bankstown. The Daruk (Darag, Dharug, Dharuk) and Eora people were the original inhabitants of the Bankstown and Canterbury areas, for many thousands of years before European settlement and subsequent Council proceedings. You can read more about the first people of our Area on our designated pages.

In the years since European settlement, Canterbury and Bankstown operated as two separate Local Government Areas, each with their own wards and suburbs.

On 12 May 2016, it was announced that the two former areas of Canterbury and ​Bankstown would merge to become one big community. 

More information

For more information about the amalgamation, go to our Becoming A ​City​ page.

For more about Canterbury-Bankstown's local history, go to our Library and Knowledge Centres page.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.