Scheyville serenity

Another national park located in Sydney’s northwest near Windsor is Scheyville. The park covers over 900 hectares and includes a permanent freshwater lagoon attracting many bird species. There is a lot of history attached to Sheyville and a timeline of its uses is as follows:
Original occupants of the area were the Darug Tribe. From 1802 to 1893 it was used as a grazing common. During the depression of the 1890s the Pitt Town Co-Operative labor settlement was formed to decrease the high levels of unemployment. This was later downgraded in 1896. From 1895 to 1910 William Francis Schey established a government funded farm to assist unemployed men and their families on the site then in 1910 until 1930 it was taken over by the Dreadnaught Trust where 16 to19 year old British males were sponsored and sent to Australia to learn agricultural skills. During this time the farm was also used as a detainment camp for Germans captured from boats in Sydney Harbour in 1914 and as a retraining camp for women to learn agricultural skills in 1915.scheyville0011From 1939 to 1945 saw the site used for WWII military training. Then in 1949 to 1964 it was the largest reception centre and hostel for Scandinavian and Eastern European migrants in Australia. Following this in 1965 until 1972 the complex was used as the only army officer training camp in the commonwealth. In 1978 it became a campus for the Hawkesbury Agricultural College until finally being gazetted a national park in 1996.scheyville0008The park is easily accessed by conventional vehicle off Scheyville Road either from Pitt Town Road in the west or Boundary Road in the east.scheyville0005There are many historic buildings and relics which can be explored in the park to enrich the history of the area. Take the self guided interpretive walk around the historic buildings or enjoy a stroll through  woodlands and around the freshwater lagoon.scheyville0032The park sits on a bed of Wianamatta Shale with the largest single remnant of Cumberland Plain and the threatened Downy Wattle being natural features . Bird life is prolific with over 140 species identified mainly due to the freshwater lagoon. Visitors may spot the swift and turquoise parrots and the endangered regent honey eater.scheyville0023

 

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