Barangaroo and the Eora Fisherwomen
Tuesday 18 May
Please note: This is an outside courtyard, all weather event. Please bring appropriate clothing/umbrellas.
Doors Open at 4.30pm
Still from Barangaroo Ngangamay by Amanda Jane Reynolds & Genevieve
Grieves at Barangaroo Foreshore. Photo by Bonnie Elliott 2017.
Music between 4.45pm - 5.45pm by Marlene Cummins.
Marlene is considered Australia's foremost indigenous blues performer - jazz blues singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and artist. Marlene will perform songs that pay homage to Indigenous blues singers of the 20th century and Aboriginal women leaders.
6pm - 7.15pm Talks by Amanda Reynolds and Anna Clark
Amanda Reynolds - Upholding the Law of the Old Lady’s digging stick
Barangaroo was a powerful Lore Woman - a Cammeraygal woman who lived during the time of the British invasion of Sydney, a time of unprecedented change that would challenge the Lores and livelihood of Aboriginal people in Country for many generations. Amanda Reynolds shares excerpts from the Barangaroo Ngangamay collaboration, and reflects on the legacy of Barangaroo to honour a beloved Ancestor, Senior Law Woman, human rights advocate, wielder of the digging stick upholding the Laws of Country.
Amanda is a curator, storyteller, cloak-maker and artist who is passionate about community-based collaborations; cultural healing and connection programs; exhibitions, art, multimedia and publications. Her heart and spirit is devoted to the flourishing of southeastern cultural traditions, knowledge and histories, and to transforming public spaces of colonial dominance using collaborative and community empowerment models of working. Amanda lives in coastal NSW and her family heritage includes Guringai, UK, Europe and Afro-American.
Anna Clark – Eora Fisherwomen
Standing just under Mrs Macquarie’s Chair it’s still possible to imagine the city as it was in 1788 – before the span of the bridge, the boats, the vast spread of urbanisation. Back then, you would have seen Eora women walking the shoreline gathering oysters and shellfish, paddling their little nowie canoes to handline for fresh snapper, dory and bream. Anna Clark takes us on a journey to reveal histories of these master skippers, navigating their boats in the swell, hauling in fish, and wrangling infants in their tiny vessels.
Anna is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS. She is currently researching a history of Australian History and has written extensively on history education, historiography and historical consciousness. Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she also recently wrote The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia.