Stories of Our Town “Lycett and Wallis: Unlikely Preservers of Aboriginal Knowledge” Released

This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. We are delighted to announce the public release of the next episode in the Stories of Our Town series:  Lycett and Wallis:  Unlikely Preservers of Aboriginal Knowledge. The film concentrates on the beautiful and highly informative … More Stories of Our Town “Lycett and Wallis: Unlikely Preservers of Aboriginal Knowledge” Released

From Ngukurr to Newcastle: Surprising discoveries in the Copley Archive

    This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.   From Ngukurr to Newcastle: Surprising material in the Copley Archive By Associate Professor Kate Senior, School of Humanities and Social Science In late 2020, I made a surprising discovery; in a file marked … More From Ngukurr to Newcastle: Surprising discoveries in the Copley Archive

Revitalisation of Indigenous Culture & Knowledge Project – review of AV footage 1980s

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands on which our compuses are located, as well as other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our students, staff and community are drawn. Project Description and Context The University archives already has a substantial listing of sources relating to … More Revitalisation of Indigenous Culture & Knowledge Project – review of AV footage 1980s

“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Last week Tony and I were invited by Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian, Director Engagement) to the vault at the Mitchell Library to film and talk about 3 extraordinary artifacts associated with Newcastle’s history. Firstly, Macquarie’s Chest, one of two commissioned by Commander Wallis in 1819 to curry favour with Govenor Macquarie, such a gorgeous and … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories

By Glenn Dormand Visit storiesofourtown.com  It was such a joy to hang out with Prof John Maynard last week to get a fascinating insight into the work of Joseph Lycett. John, a proud Worimi man wrote True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art and I can’t recommend it enough.  It is … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories

Aboriginal Spirit beings – MULLUNGBULA – Two Rock Women

MULLUNGBULA Two Rock Women (or the Two Sisters)   This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. Mullungbula is the name of a location on the northern extremity of the eastern side of Lake Macquarie where two upright conglomerate rocks could be found. The … More Aboriginal Spirit beings – MULLUNGBULA – Two Rock Women

Aboriginal Spirit Beings – WAUWARAN – home of the Monster WAUWAI

WAUWARAN – home of the Monster WAUWAI This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. Wauwai is described as a monster fish, much larger than a shark, that inhabits Wauwaran; a fresh water hole in the vicinity of Lake Macquarie, believed by the Aboriginal … More Aboriginal Spirit Beings – WAUWARAN – home of the Monster WAUWAI

Aboriginal Spirit Beings – KOYOROWEN (Wild Man of the Woods) and Wife KURRIWILBAN

KOYOROWEN (or TUNUBUARNG) Wild Man of the Woods and wife, KURRIWILBAN   This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.   Tunubuarng (Koyorowen) is described as a demonic being in the form of a wild man with wonderful powers, that makes a loud noise … More Aboriginal Spirit Beings – KOYOROWEN (Wild Man of the Woods) and Wife KURRIWILBAN

The Haunted Swamp: The Mystery of the Hexham Bunyip

  This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. In May 2016 the University Archives in Cultural Collections took possession of a set of notebook diaries of William John Turton, local cabinet maker, engineer and business man. Born at the Wheatsheaf Inn, at Hexham … More The Haunted Swamp: The Mystery of the Hexham Bunyip