© Paul Irish 2017-2019

ARTWORK

The artwork used on this site is by Dharawal artist Kerri-Ann Youngberry from the La Perouse Aboriginal community. It was originally created for the 2016 exhibition This Is Where They Travelled - Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney, and is used here with permission.

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ABOUT ME

I live in Sydney and work as a historian and archaeologist with my firm Coast History & Heritage. I have been researching the Aboriginal history of Sydney for over a decade, often together with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community. In 2014 I completed a PhD looking at the Aboriginal people and places of coastal Sydney - the theme of my book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney (NewSouth Publishing). In 2015 I was awarded the NSW History Fellowship by Arts NSW for a collaborative project with Aboriginal researchers from La Perouse called This Is Where They Travelled - Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney.  The project culminated in a travelling exhibition launched at History House in Sydney during NAIDOC 2016, which features profiles of 10 key Aboriginal people who lived in the coastal part of Sydney between the early 1800s and the 1940s. I also regularly speak on historical and archaeological topics for a range of professional and general audiences.