As part of the Gadhungal Research Program at La Perouse, I have co-authored (with Ray and Dr Shane Ingrey) a chapter on the first Aboriginal words heard by the crew of the Endeavour as part of the Sutherland Shire Historical Association book East Coast Encounters 1770: Reflections on a Cultural Clash. The book will be launched in April.
Also with the Gadhungal Research Program, I have been working on content for the spectacular National Museum of Australia exhibition on Cook called Endeavour Voyage – The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians, which opens on 8 April 2020.
You can also continue to learn about Sydney's Aboriginal history online at the following links:
Sydstories - The Sydney Airport centenary website launched in 2019
Barani Aboriginal Sydney - a detailed guide to some of the Aboriginal people and places around the City of Sydney (accompanied by maps and a guidebook so you can visit the places yourself)
Australian Museum - the museum website has information about how Aboriginal people lived around coastal Sydney before the arrival of Europeans
If you think history is important, please read the Value of History Statement launched in 2019 by the History Council of NSW. You can read the statement and endorse it yourself here.
UPCOMING TALKS & EVENTS
I am taking a break from most speaking engagements in 2020 but will continue to post about any upcoming activities here. I am involved with several events for the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Cook and the Endeavour in April 2020 including: