Pinehill is our family home. I hope we can make it a little node in a network of friendship and peace.

The house stands on the traditional land of the Darkinjung people. Water from the roof flows downhill into Erina Creek (named after the local clan). After flowing under Yerin Bridge, this freshwater meets saltwater rushing up the creek with the incoming tide. The turbulent mixing of freshwater and saltwater produces a new kind of water that we call brackish. This is a metaphor for the meetings of peoples and cultures. Traditionally, the freshwater Dharuk people met the saltwater Darkinjung people on the banks of Erina Creek.  It is also a metaphor for the coming together of Indigenous knowledge from the land and Western knowledge from over the sea. 

We pay respects to the Indigenous owners, and to Indigenous knowledge and culture. It seems likely that the Erina clan was decimated by smallpox before Europeans started to settle the district in the Nineteenth Century. 

The hill on which Pinehill stands was cleared for citrus orchards in the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. The weatherboard house was built about 1930 by the Archbold family (sometimes confused with the Archibald family, who were also citrus growers, further down the same road) using recycled and new materials.

The house originally had a verandah where the bay window and two triple-panes windows are on the near corder in the picture. 

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