Making history together: linking archival information and Aboriginal family stories in Coastal Sydney
With Paul Irish
Until recently, it was widely believed that the Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney had died out or disappeared within about half of century of the first fleet arriving in 1788. Because of this, Aboriginal families who have asserted a deep and unbroken connection to this area were often thought to be from ‘somewhere else’. Over the past ten years, a collaborative study with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community has revealed a very different picture – one that confirms family stories of deep ancestry, but also paints a picture of remarkable adaptation in a rapidly changing colonial world. For historian and archaeologist Paul Irish, working together to build up this story has resulted in a much more complete picture than could have been created alone, and has also revealed interesting intersections between family tradition and archival records.
Join Paul Irish for Talking Deadly: Indigenous Voices at the Library as he discusses the links between archival information and Aboriginal family stories in Coastal Sydney.
Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with heritage consultancy MDCA. He was the recipient of the 2015 NSW History Fellowship and has recently published the book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (NewSouth Publishing).