Camden Historical Society stalwart Len English dies aged 86

Len English

Len English

Len English dedicated many years of his life to raising awareness about Camden’s rich history.

Mr English died this week aged 86.

His family, friends and members of the Camden Historical Society are mourning his loss.

Society vice president John Wrigley OAM said Mr English was a member of the Camden Historical Society for many years.

“He had also been a management committee member and a donor to the Camden Museum,” he said.

“Len encouraged others to donate to the museum and arranged for a grant from the [Retired Miners Association] to purchase the first desktop computer for the museum.”

Mr Wrigley said Mr English was a well-known and respected former coal miner and was very active in the Retired Miners Association.

“He was also a descendant of the Camden pioneer families of English and Barrett, proud of his Dharawal indigenous heritage,” Mr Wrigley said.

“Len’s great-great-grandmother was born at Camden Park and lived and worked on that property her whole life.

“She was known as Nanny Barrett until it was discovered her traditional name was Guribunger.

“Len was proud to give the Welcome to Country speech at the Camden Council’s flag raising ceremony in NAIDOC week in 2008.”

A funeral service will be held for Mr English at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cobbitty, at 10am on Wednesday, November 15.