Little-known stories of the Dyarubbin

Great ell engraving

Darug women storytellers reveal little-known stories of Dyarubbin – the Hawkesbury River – in our new exhibition on now.

In Dyarubbin, Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators – Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright – bravely share their stories of seven special sites along this beautiful and haunting place.

One site of enormous spiritual significance, which exhibition visitors will have the privilege of experiencing, is one of the resting sites of Gurangatty, the Great Eel ancestor spirit. Visitors will also see a rare Great Eel rock engraving — only a few survive — in a part of Dyarubbin not accessible to the public.

"Gurangatty is one of our creation heroes," said Jasmine Seymour. "The Aboriginal geography of Dyarubbin shows us the path of Gurangatty and the deep time connection to Country the Darug people have custodianship of."

"Floods are connected to the Gurangatty story. Gurangatty’s flood power created Country. Floods and fire have always been part of this Country. We are experiencing the same force of nature that Aboriginal people have experienced for eons."

Reverend John McGarvie’s list of Aboriginal placenames on the Hawkesbury (1825–35) is among the items from the State Library's collection on public display for the first time. 

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