Yura Nura: People & Country
Yura Nura: People and Country presents contemporary Aboriginal reflections on the history of Sydney and colonisation.
The relationship between the British and Aboriginal peoples largely began around Warrane (Sydney Cove) on the site where the first Government House was built and the Museum of Sydney now stands (near present-day Circular Quay). From its construction in 1788 to its demolition in 1845, the first Government House was the centre of colonial power in Australia. Imposing British law on Aboriginal people, orders were issued and multiple governing documents were signed within its walls that had, and continue to have, direct impact on Indigenous people across Australia.
This display provides a glimpse into the complex relationship between this significant site and Aboriginal people, culture and land, then and now. Arrernte/Kalkadoon filmmaker Rachel Perkins’ award-winning documentary First Australians explores key events in the early years of the colony and includes personal reflections on the impacts still felt by Aboriginal people today. Three artworks by Gordon Syron, a Worimi/Biripi man from the mid-north coast of NSW, offer a contemporary artistic interpretation of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788 and its continuing legacy.
Inspired by a stunning shellworked model of the Sydney Opera House by Bidjigal artist Esme Timbery, First Nations curator Tess Allas commissioned a woven model of the iconic building from master weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart
Meet author and historian Bruce Pascoe and the main characters from his play Cutter and Coota as they reflect on the play’s themes and the experience of performing at the Hyde Park Barracks
The remarkable talents of Aboriginal trackers who worked for NSW Police in the 20th century are featured in a display at the Justice & Police Museum
A short documentary that offers a glimpse into the life of Harold Blair, a world-renowned tenor, family man and political campaigner who sought social justice and human rights for Australia’s First Nations people