First Nations stories

Read and reflect on First Nations history, culture and experience

Paiting showing boats and Aboriginal people in canoes
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The convict impact on Aboriginal people

Impacts of the convict system on Aboriginal Country and communities

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

Hearts and homes / composed by John Blockley, words by Charlotte Young

‘Gii, Gundhi (Hearts and Homes)’

A single song can have a thousand meanings depending on its interpreter. Yuwaalaraay storyteller and musician Nardi Simpson shares her version of a 19th-century parlour song

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

Paiting showing a first nations man in front of a vallay with what look like new buildings in the background
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To speak the unspoken

For Aboriginal people, the Hyde Park Barracks and the convict system it oversaw represent a very different ‘founding narrative’, one that needs to be told in Aboriginal voices

A white building set into a green hillside

Kia ora: compelling Kiwi stories

Telling authentic Indigenous stories from our sites with care is an important challenge

Stone monument with plaque with distant view behind.
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Frontier violence

Violence at the frontier

Attack of Historians, Julie Gough, 2019, hand-coloured copper plate etching, edition 7/10

Silenced history

Q&A with artist and curator Julie Gough

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