Monday, November 29, 2021



Albert Namatjira

Vincent Namatjira was 18 when he returned from being fostered in Perth to live with extended family in the desert in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory. It was here that he learned he was the great-grandson of the famous Albert Namatjira. ...

Blak Markets back live on December 5

Blak Markets is back live on Bare Island on Sunday December 5, 2021, kicking off at 10am and running through until 3pm. CEO, Peter Cooley,...

Student writing lights up Redfern

This week Story Factory is lighting up Redfern Street...

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

New harbour walk and artworks honour Aboriginal history and culture

Wiradjuri curator Emily McDaniel has won an inaugural Committee...

Waking up the snake – building a coalition for hope

“Waking up the snake – a coalition for hope”,...

A History of My Brief Body

Situated in the context of other seminal queer texts, these pieces are a “kind of memoir”, Belcourt writes, that “stretch well beyond the boundaries my personal life”.

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Award-winning author Ellen van Neerven has gathered a bumper crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories in Flock.

Indigenous Science Experience goes online for everyone in 2021

Founder of the first ever all Aboriginal boomerang team...

 ‘I hope the book will reach kids like me’

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

The Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Kinchela boys reclaim their education

A landmark literacy program run by TAFE NSW is helping...

Heal Country! calls us all to connect, respect and redress

It’s NAIDOC week and the theme Heal Country! calls...

Campaign launched to build Australia’s first truth telling museum

Not-for-profit Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) and bus company...

Women’s Reconciliation Network calls for spirited action

“The re-birthing of the Spirit spearheading women into action...

Pemulwuy – ‘Col would be truly proud’

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week, Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) CEO Michael Mundine and General Manager Lani Tuitavake took Karine Shellshear on a tour of the student housing, named in honour of her late husband, which has underwritten the financing of the Pemulwuy Project.

Stolen Generations’ film broaches intergenerational trauma

The trauma inflicted on the Stolen Generations also affects...

Sorry? Then let’s fix it

Apologies are hollow if you keep doing the very...

Investment needed in Aboriginal and social housing

The Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign has renewed...

Lofty lifts off – an interview with Helen Milroy

Western Australian of the Year, Dr Helen Milroy, has written and illustrated The Emu Who Ran Through the Sky, released in April, an exciting story for 5-10 year-olds about working together and finding the courage to be different.

Renewal of mural on Eveleigh St

REDFERN: The “Welcome to The Block” mural on Eveleigh Street has been renewed and looks great as part of the Pemulwuy development.

Vale Pruny

REDFERN: On Friday March 12, many of the Redfern...

‘Conversations with Margaret Preston’

ZETLAND: In its second major show of the year,...

Bindi encourages care for Country – an interview with Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders wrote Bindi as a call to action for young people to understand their role in conservation and caring for Country.

An unveiling

Keith Gordon Douglass, a proud Gamilaroi man, a member of the Stolen Generation and a Forgotten Australian, has invited the SSH to join him for a memorial – the unveiling of a headstone to honour his father, Gordon Laurence Douglass, buried 70 years in an unmarked grave.

Pemulwuy – new building manager onboard

Gadigal man Gary Ward – better known locally as “Gaz” – commenced his job as the Pemulwuy Project’s Building Manager in December 2020.

Yabun 2021 – leading the way

GADIGAL LAND: Congratulations to Koori Radio 93.7FM, organisers and...

End racism for the good of all

Several recent events can remind us all of racism....

Yellamundie Festival – Opening Night

This year’s biennial and fifth Yellamundie Festival, a unique platform for the identification, development and presentation of First Peoples stories, opened up submissions to composers and choreographers.


The award-winning documentary Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra celebrates the impressive rise of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company over 30 years from humble beginnings to international fame.

Pemulwuy – welcoming tenants

As we near completion of our affordable housing, landscaping and civil works teams have been busy installing new roads, paving and gardens.

Aboriginal housing built and set to let

REDFERN: The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has delivered on...

House names changed to honour Indigenous heritage

Leading First Nations artists, Tony Albert, Blak Douglas, Thea Perkins and Nicole Monks worked with Bourke St Public School (BSPS), parents, and Elder Uncle Jimmy Smith, to create new Aboriginal school house names and symbols unveiled during NAIDOC week in November.

Pemulwuy – just add people!

REDFERN: The Col James student accommodation reached a milestone this month as it “topped out”; construction of the top level of the 24 levels was completed.

Pemulwuy – hits the heights

REDFERN: The Col James student accommodation reached a milestone this month as it “topped out”; construction of the top level of the 24 levels was completed.

Aboriginal affordable housing – call for action

On September 21 the Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal...

Pemulwuy – hands up to live there!

REDFERN: As promised the Aboriginal Housing Company is about to deliver affordable housing for our people first in the Pemulwuy Project.

Aboriginal affordable housing a crucial priority

The place we call Redfern and Waterloo has been...

Pemulwuy – Elouera Tony Mundine Gym shapes up

The Pemulwuy Project's gym is shaping up – and the vision is to offer first-rate facilities and a welcoming, inclusive fitness environment for the community.

Stop Black Deaths in Custody

Each time I see BLM initials I think of...

Pemulwuy – finishing affordable housing first

This article is sponsored by the Aboriginal Housing Company's...

National Reconciliation Week colouring competition

The Copyright Council’s Reading Australia project has launched a National Reconciliation Week (NRW) colouring competition to encourage children to be active participants in reconciliation. Dub Leffler, author and illustrator of Once There Was a Boy has created a colouring sheet for the competition, which closes on July 22.

Pemulwuy – protecting our workers

REDFERN: Extended hours for the construction industry announced on April 2 by Rob Stokes, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, will assist existing precautions for extra handwashing and physical distancing already taking place on The Pemulwuy Project site to protect workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

AMS says, ‘Keep our mob safe’

The Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is currently testing for Covid-19 and a triage has been set up with social-distance seating in place. A nurse is on duty to take people’s temperatures and perform other essential duties prior to the patient being referred to a doctor within the clinic.

Kirli connects kids to Country through poetry in First Languages

Kirli Saunders was recently selected as NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. In this Q&A she talks about her groundbreaking project Poetry in First Languages, and her award-winning writing.

On the road to healing

At Carriageworks on February 13, the 12th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the survivors of Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) launched a modified bus to take their stories on the road.

Pemulwuy – project on the up and up!

As we move into the second month of 2020 we would like to acknowledge the work carried out over the holiday season on the Pemulwuy site. Formwork construction continued throughout December and January, which resulted in more levels going up on Precinct 1 and 3.

Statements from the heart

At the core of the Uluru Statement from the Heart there are three key elements: a call for a First Nations voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution; a Makarrata Commission to supervise agreement making, or treaties; and, for the Makarrata Commission to oversee a process of truth-telling for the nation. Or put simply in three words: Voice, Treaty, Truth.

Pemulwuy – smooth moves by crews on site each day

Over the last few weeks the Aboriginal Housing Company has been excited to see work progressing well on the Pemulwuy Project site.

Campaign for Aboriginal affordable housing

During my time as Waterloo Aboriginal Liaison Officer with...

Pemulwuy – good progress with slabs, drainage and substation

Over the last few weeks the Aboriginal Housing Company has been excited to see work progressing well on the Pemulwuy Project site.

Supporting the careers of Aboriginal lawyers

The Legal Aid NSW Aboriginal Services Unit (ASU) coordinates, develops and implements initiatives relating specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, communities and staff.