“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

Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

  This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.   KON or KOUN (pronounced ‘cone’) – The Great Unknown Being and his wife TIPPAKALLEEN   All ages artistic challenge. We don’t know what Kon or his wife Tippakalleen actually looked like. Read the descriptions … More Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Reminiscences of Biraban or M’Gill and Patty by the Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld

  This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.   The first story comes from Threlkeld, L. E. (Lancelot Edward), 1788-1859. A key to the structure of the Aboriginal language : being an analysis of the particles used as affixes, to form the various … More Reminiscences of Biraban or M’Gill and Patty by the Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld

Burragurra Revisited (2019) by W. J. Needham

  This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. After almost forty years since it was first published, Burragurra, a review of the Aboriginal relics in the Lower Hunter Valley, has been republished under the title Burragurra Revisited. Bill Needham, who published the first … More Burragurra Revisited (2019) by W. J. Needham