Marramarra Creek rises at Dural and enters Berowra Creek nears its confluence with the Hawkesbury. Earlier maps show the name as Mother Marrs Creek which is almost certainly a corruption of the aboriginal name. Both names were in use at least by 1833 when Mrs Fleton Mathew noted in her diary: ‘Went up Marramarra Creek, or as it is usually called Mother Mar’s Creek, a corruption probably of its native name…’. In the upper reaches of the creek a survey party came to the slab huts of some squatters which drew a characteristic comment from the diarist: ‘these dreary solitudes might serve for the abode of the misanthrope; so utterly are they secluded from all approach, and so utterly destitute of all comfort and civilization…’. Marrar means fish, so the name could mean place of many fish.
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