Life on the River

Starting in the Summer of 2016 until Spring 2017, Brewarrina local Brad Steadman photographed people and events from his hometown of Brewarrina on the Barwon River, western NSW. The photos recorded seasonal variations on the River and its effect on Brewarrina's famous fish traps, one of Australia's oldest Aboriginal heritage sites. Brad also captured important gatherings for Brewarrina's Aboriginal community, including the annual Festival of Baiami's Ngunnhu (Fish Traps), rugby league matches and community meetings as well as streetscapes and the Brewarrina Cup and Rodeo.

This photo series is the first commissioned work for the Library's Indigenous Collecting Strategy, which seeks to put particular emphasis on developing its collections of material created by Indigenous people, who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the life of NSW and its communities.

A selection of Brad's photographs is on display at the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. The launch of the display on 31st October was celebrated with the support of local community and Elders. 

Boys swimming in the Fish ladder, Barwon River, Brewarrina. 7 Jan. 2017 by Brad Steadman

Boys swimming in the Fish ladder, Barwon River, Brewarrina. 7 Jan. 2017 by Brad Steadman

 

Christmas lights at cousin Rosie's house. Corner Church and Young Streets. 23 Dec. 2016 by Brad Steadman

Christmas lights at cousin Rosie's house. Corner Church and Young Streets. 23 Dec. 2016 by Brad Steadman

 

Brad Steadman at the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. Image courtesy: Christopher (Burra) McHughes

Brad Steadman in Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. Image courtesy: Christopher (Burra) McHughes

 

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