First Nations Hub

A dedicated space for First Nations community, cultures and history

Welcome to the First Nations Hub, a space and place to celebrate and engage with First Nations cultures, knowledge and perspectives.

You will find First Nations content across our website, but this hub is a dedicated space that brings this content together so it’s easy to find, and for deeper stories, conversations, truth-telling and ideas. It’s a place for and by First Nations people and communities; a living space that will change and grow.

Museum of Sydney Launch 3/7/2022

Why Museums of History NSW?

Our First Nations staff put some questions to our leadership about Museums of History NSW, and its relevance and commitment to First Nations people

What's on

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1 & 2 July

Weaving with Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart

Celebrate NAIDOC Week in this special workshop with master weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart

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6 July, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series

Presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University

First Nations stories

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Weaving lomandra on Gumeroi country

Weaving their magic: Amy Hammond and Lorrelle Munro

We spoke to weavers Amy and Lorrelle, co-founders of Yinarr Maramali and weavers-in-residence at The Weaving Room in the Museum of Sydney

The forecourt in front of the Museum of Sydney
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The future of the colony's dreaming

The Museum of Sydney site is set to be transformed into a new First Nations cultural space

Handpainted image from book of woman in canoe. Margins of page visible on left and right.
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A fisher woman of Warrane

Daringa’s short but fascinating life reflects the connection of coastal Aboriginal peoples to the water, and the key role played by women in the fishing economy

Meet our First Nations team

Hayden Walsh

First Nations Advisor
Hayden Walsh is a proud Aboriginal man from Sydney. For the past 10 years, he has worked across the education and not-for-profit sectors, along with many years in the arts and museum space. In this time, Hayden has been leading cultural engagement, producing community programs, and most recently, developing and now delivering the new First Nations Strategy across Museums of History NSW. Since the age of 19, Hayden has also founded and lead his own business, a social enterprise called ‘Think Successful’, which delivers high-quality personal development programs and workshops for young people across Australia.

Tess Allas

First Nations Curator
Tess Allas is a Wiradjuri curator and has strong links to Tharawal country in Wollongong. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Curation from the University of Sydney. For the past three decades Tess has curated many exhibitions of First Nations contemporary art in both Australia and Internationally for organisations including Wollongong Art Gallery, Carriageworks, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of South Australia, Murray Art Museum Albury, Gorman Museum (University of California), the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (University of Virginia). In 2021 Tess wrote the Museum of Sydney’s Indigenous Contemporary Art Acquisition Strategy. Tess firmly believes in the power of contemporary art in having the ability to correct history and uncover hidden truths.

Peter White

Head of First Nations Cultural Engagement
Peter White is a Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW who has held a number of senior positions and advisory roles in major cultural institutions and government arts agencies. After completing an applied sciences degree in cultural heritage management, he intended to train for a National Parks and Wildlife Service position so that he could care for country and work to protect sites of Aboriginal significance, but his destiny changed during an excursion to the Australian Museum in Sydney. Peter has since worked with a number of museums on a broad range of projects and initiatives. He sees his role as navigating change and developing a new consciousness in management, staff and audiences to value Aboriginal culture and people, and their communities’ perspectives.

Samantha Snedden

Producer, First Nations Programs
Samantha Snedden is a Dunghutti and Wiradjuri woman who has grown up on Darug land. Connecting to culture and community has always been a passion, which has been passed down from her grandparents. These passions are what led Samantha to her current position as Producer, First Nations Programs with Sydney Living Museums and now Museums of History NSW. In her time here, she has produced a broad program of cultural events, festivals and talks, working with mob, artists and engaging community.

Dave Key

Visitor Services Coordinator
In a previous life Dave Key followed his passion for music by performing in small bands and working as a music sales rep for BMG Music. Then other passions took over, and a love of people, history and the natural environment led Dave to teaching history and geography at a performing arts high school, wading through mangrove mud teaching students how to assess the health of estuaries in Homebush Bay and demonstrating responsible and sustainable fishing practices by teaching children how to fish in his capacity as Community Education Officer for NSW Fisheries. He joined our team (then Historic Houses Trust of NSW) in 2010, and as the visitor services coordinator for the Meroogal and Western Sydney Portfolio since 2012 Dave brings all of his experiences to sharing his passion for history, land and culture with audiences old and new.

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First Nations Speaker Series

Presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University