The name “Broger’s End” was chosen for two reasons: firstly, because of its location where Broger’s Creek flows into the Kangaroo River, and secondly as a reminder of how Broger met his end … and more generally how Aboriginal people have suffered as a consequence of European settlement.
Broger was an Aboriginal man from this area, brother to Broughton who worked closely with the white settlers and became an influential figure amongst both the Aboriginal and white communities. Broger kept to the Aboriginal community, but worked for white settlers as a cedar getter, among other things. He was charged in 1829 and executed in 1830 over a murder he committed, possibly a consequence of a dispute over trade activities with white men in the region. Some said the crime had been committed in self-defense, but at that time Aboriginal people were not permitted to give evidence in court and so Broger was unable to defend himself.
Before European settlement, Kangaroo Valley was a place of healing and renewal for local Aboriginal people. It was also a place where women came to have their babies, and birthing caves have been found in the Upper Kangaroo River area around Broger’s End.
The name “Broger’s End” was chosen for two reasons: firstly, because of its location where Broger’s Creek flows into the Kangaroo River, and secondly as a reminder of how Broger met his end and as a reminder of the injustices that Aboriginal people have suffered and continue to suffer as a consequence of European settlement.