Woollahra Municipal Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols and Guidelines
The Woollahra Municipal Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols and Guidelines have been developed with the support and advice of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. They are intended to offer Council staff and community members some insight into Indigenous cultural protocols, Reconciliation and the rich Indigenous history of the Country that the Woollahra Local Government Area encompasses. They are not intended to replace engagement with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
A walk through history: in the footsteps of the Gadigal people
Woollahra Council acknowledges that we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people living in, working in, or visiting Woollahra.
The local area is rich in evidence of early Aboriginal history. There are over 70 sites including 13 midden sites, 29 rock engraving and numerous shelters, many with axe grinding grooves where stone tools were made and sharpened. Some sites are in private gardens: others are in parks and public areas, with a number along coastal walks and the harbour foreshore.
Parkland and foreshore areas have preserved much of the vegetation that provided the "kitchen gardens" used by the original inhabitants.
- Walking Tours - From inlet to bay
- Language is the key to kin
- The power of kinship
- Hunting the fish of the harbour
- Pictures in stone
- Sheltering sandstone
- Weapons and tools for many purposes
- Signs of a feast
- Rich in native flora and fauna
- Bush food recipes
- Burial rites
Other useful links and resources:
- Aboriginal History & Heritage Study 2020 - A study being undertaken by Woollahra Council and Coast History & Heritage in collaboration with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Aboriginal Studies - Aboriginal studies material from the NSW Board of Studies
- Australian Bureau of Statistics - Indigenous statistics
- Australia Council for the Arts - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
- Federal Government
- Australian Museum - Information on Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney and consultancy services in Aboriginal archaeology and heritage.
- Australian National Maritime Museum - Promotes knowledge and enjoyment of Australia's relationship with its waterways and the sea
- Barani, Indigenous History of Sydney - The City of Sydney Council's Indigenous website
- Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation - Documents and history, providing a continuing national focus on reconciliation
- Indigenous Programs - University of New South Wales
- Jumbunna Aboriginal Education Centre and Indigenous House of Learning - University of Technology, Sydney
- Koori Centre - University of Sydney
- NSW Environment and Heritage - Information about indigenous culture and heritage sites
- NSW Aboriginal Land Council
- NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs
- ReconciliACTION Network - A network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people who have an interest in reconciliation and Indigenous rights issues
- State Library of NSW
- Tranby College - An Aboriginal Training College providing valuable information on contact history