Away in Botany Bay

It was a real thrill to explore the natural environment around Botany Bay and La Perouse, less than an hour away from the Library. The ocean and coastal views are spectacular – and it was my first ever whale sighting off the coast of Sydney!

We interviewed Ray Ingrey (Dharawal) and the Gamay Indigenous Rangers, who led us along the Henry Head Walking Track near La Perouse, yarning about Aboriginal ecology, language, historic sites and local Aboriginal history. The Aboriginal Reserve at La Perouse was among the first to be gazetted in 1885 and the closest to the city of Sydney. Later we went on a speedboat ride around Botany Bay photographing the sources of fresh water that flow into the Bay.

I hadn't learned Gamilaraay at school in my hometown of Moree so our visit to the Gujaga Child Care Centre was a real surprise. The Gujaga pre-schoolers were filmed as they sang songs and recited words in Dharawal. It was such a fun exercise for them and their energy and enthusiasm for the language was inspiring to see and hear.

Group of people standing on a hill at Botany Bay, Sydney.
With Ray Ingrey (Dharawal) and the Gamay Indigenous Rangers at Henry Head Walking Track near La Perouse.
Botany Bay, Sydney. Photo credit: Joy Lai

Ronald (Gamilaraay)

Curator,  Research & Discovery

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