The Cowpastures project is a community based collaborative research enterprise which is co-ordinated by UOW historian Dr Ian Willis.
It is a long term venture which aims to reveal the intricacies of the Cowpastures district from 1795 to 1850.
The Dharawal people occupied the area for centuries.
The district was part of the Australian colonial settler society project driven by British colonialism.
There was the creation of the government reserve for the wild cattle between 1795 and 1823. After this period the Cowpastures became a regional locality that was in common usage well into the 19th century.
The British aimed the create an English-style landscape from their arrival in the area from 1790s. The earliest written acknowledgement of this by Englishman John Hawdon in 1828.
I have published some material and there are a number of blog posts related to the project.
‘Just like England’, a colonial settler landscape (Peer-reviewed article)
Cowpastures and Beyond: Conference 2016 (Camden Area Family History Society)
Convicts in the Cowpastures (B;pg)
The Cowpastures, just like a English landscape (Presentation)
John Hawdon of Elderslie (Blog)
John Macarthur the legend (Blog)