Aboriginal Heritage Study for the Woollahra Municipality
Published 9 July 2020
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.
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