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The jigsaw of Eora clan territories has been traced and mapped through paintings, drawings and charts, and fragments of evidence in manuscripts, journals, letters, books and official records kept by the English colonists.

David Collins, in An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, 1798, clearly distinguished the 'natives about Botany Bay, Port Jackson and Broken Bay' as kin relations. 'We have mentioned that they were divided into families,' he wrote, 'Each family has a particular place of residence from which it derives its distinguishing name. This is formed by adding the monosyllable Gal to the name of the place.' It is appropriate to use the word 'clan' to identify these extended family groups, rather than 'tribe', which is now regarded as a group of clans sharing the same language.

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The north shore of Port Jackson opposite the Cadigal, centred on Manly Cove.

Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), from inner South Head, along the shores of the present Eastern Suburbs to Darling Harbour, including the City of Sydney.

North shore of the Parramatta River, including the City of Ryde, from the intersection of the Lane Cove River and west to Parramatta.

South shore of the Parramatta River, including Concord. From Goat Island, around the Balmain Peninsula and west almost to Parramatta.

The area around the present City of Parramatta.