Has Sydney always been called Sydney? Waranara Yuwing = seek the truth

The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s oldest festival of contemporary art. World Heritage Listed, Wa-rea-mah or Cockatoo Island is playing host to this 21st instalment of Australia’s largest visual arts event that showcases both local and international works.

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Talk by Melissa Jackson, ‘Has Sydney always been called Sydney? Waranara Yuwing = seek the truth’, 21st Biennale of Sydney Family Day on Cockatoo Island, 29 April 2018. Photographer: Levon Baird

On Sunday 29 April 2018 Melissa Jackson from Indigenous Services Branch was involved in a discussion about place names and identities of Aboriginal Sydney in the colonial era drawing from the rich array of images, manuscripts, realia and maps held in the State Library NSW collections.

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Talk by Melissa Jackson, ‘Has Sydney always been called Sydney? Waranara Yuwing = seek the truth’, 21st Biennale of Sydney Family Day on Cockatoo Island, 29 April 2018. Photographer: Levon Baird

A lovely group of old and young listened as Melissa explained that there were Aboriginal people, culture and language on this vast continent before 1788, that they survived from the colonial era all the way to this modern day, and that there is evidence all around us if we waranara yuwing = seek the truth.

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Talk by Melissa Jackson, ‘Has Sydney always been called Sydney? Waranara Yuwing = seek the truth’, 21st Biennale of Sydney Family Day on Cockatoo Island, 29 April 2018. Photographer: Levon Baird

 

Don’t worry if you’ve missed this talk because Melissa is slated for a return visit on Sunday 20 May 2018.

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