Named after Henry Currey, Chatswood resident and prospector. In 1897 Henry Currey subdivided and sold his land on the corner of Victor Street and Albert Avenue to finance his mining ventures, and dedicated Tingha Street to Council. Tingha is a tin mining town south of Inverell, NSW. This park, including the former Tingha St, was created in response to increasing residential development in the Chatswood CBD in the mid 1970s.
The park’s link to the town of Tingha is marked by artist Joe Hurst’s fountain and sculpture of Tingha Woman. The Tingha Woman story is written on a plaque next to the fountain:
Tingha Woman Story
Long ago a young woman ran away with a man from another tribe. This man was the wrong man for her in tribal law. The magic man or Clever Fella from the woman’s people set off after the couple to stop them and make sure that the law was maintained. A tribesman from the woman’s tribe also followed the young couple to warn them and assist them to escape. To help him to catch up the tribesman turned into the willy-wag-tail (a small black and white bird). At the same time the Clever Fella turned in to the wedged tailed eagle and soared high into the sky, using his eagle eye sight to trace where they were.
After a while the young woman stopped at a small creek to have a drink of water. The Clever Fella swooped down and turned her to stone as she was drinking. Her young partner disappeared into the night in fear and became the curlew (a long-legged, nocturnal bird).
To this day Aboriginal people of the Tingha area and surrounding country see the eagle soaring high and always looking. They believe that the willy-wag-tail is the messenger or the bird of warning. They also believe that the curlew and its night cry is the sign that someone has died. And the stone woman still remains in the creek as a symbol from the Dreaming, that if you break tribal law you will be punished.
This story belongs to the Aboriginal people of Tingha, NSW
The Willoughby-Bingara Friendly City Commemorative Garden commemorates a decade (1995 – 2005) of the Friendly City relationship between Willoughby City Council and the township of Bingara in northern NSW. The garden is dedicated to the former Mayor of Willoughby, John Squire for his dedication to the Willoughby and Bingara communities, and contains plants indigenous to Bingara and Willoughby.