Aboriginal Heritage Study for the Woollahra Municipality
Published 12 November 2020
Upcoming Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Talks
We are running a series of online talks on the Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study, which is being undertaken by Coast History & Heritage and the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The next talk is being held on Thursday 3 December 2020 from 12.00 - 1.00pm. Join the Aboriginal research team from the Gujaga Foundation at La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, along with Dr Paul Irish, as they explore the ways that Aboriginal people identified with Country across coastal Sydney and how these connections were maintained in colonial Sydney.
The first talk, held on Tuesday 13 October, included presentations by historian and archaeologist, Dr Paul Irish of Coast History & Heritage, and Council’s Strategic Heritage Officer, Flavia Scardamaglia. This talk explored Dr Irish’s research on both ancient and continuing Aboriginal connections in the Woollahra area. Ms Scardamaglia also provided an overview of the Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study and Council’s ongoing collaboration with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and Coast History & Heritage.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Details of the upcoming online talks will be provided on Woollahra’s events page as they become available.
Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study
Woollahra has a long and rich Aboriginal heritage which continues to be valued by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people today. Traces of that heritage can be found throughout Woollahra but are often unrecognised and unacknowledged. Our Community Strategic Plan Woollahra – 2030. Our community, our place, our plan presents a long-term vision for Woollahra. Reconciliation through acknowledging, researching and sharing the area’s Aboriginal history and heritage of Woollahra is a significant component of Council’s goals to have a ‘creative and vibrant community’ and to ‘have a connected, harmonious and engaged community.’
Woollahra Council has engaged Aboriginal Heritage Consultants Coast History & Heritage to work closely with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council in undertaking an Aboriginal Heritage Study for the Woollahra Municipality.
The study will provide Council with a much better understanding of the Aboriginal history and heritage of Woollahra; where traces of that history are known, and where others are likely to be. It will also provide Council with a recommended strategy for managing known and undocumented Aboriginal heritage. This will influence management of future development in the LGA and promote greater awareness of local Aboriginal heritage in the community and across Council in a culturally appropriate manner.
The study will take place over the next 12 months. It includes inspections of registered Aboriginal sites in both private and public property in consultation with the local Aboriginal community.
Records of some of these sites are on official registers as well as local historical records. Others may only be known to local residents. The consultant team includes historian and archaeologist Dr Paul Irish who has researched the Aboriginal history of the eastern suburbs for his 2017 book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney. Dr Irish is interested to hear from any local residents who have information about the area’s Aboriginal history and heritage.
You can contact Heritage Officer Flavia Scardamaglia via email for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
These Frequently Asked Questions provide some further information about the study in general. They also provide specific information for those landowners who have been contacted by Council in relation to previously recorded Aboriginal sites that may be on their property.
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