6, 13 & 20 January at 1.30pm
Bayala means ‘speak’ in local language.
It’s a sharing and celebration of the Indigenous heritage of Sydney and the growing movement to reawaken local language.
Get up close and personal with rare collection items relating to the history of Sydney language. Be one of the few to lay eyes on these records rarely seen by the public.
Out of the Vaults is an opportunity to share in the history and knowledge of the communities and individuals who live in and around Sydney.
With Ronald Briggs and Michael Ingrey
Michael Ingrey, a founding member of the Library’s Indigenous Advisory group, will join librarian and curator Ronald Briggs to discuss and display archival material documenting the long and unbroken presence of Aboriginal people living on coastal Sydney. The collections dispel the idea that the Aboriginal history of Sydney can be divided into two distinct phases – pre-colonial and post-colonial – and prove that contrary to recent narratives Aborigines stayed on through colonisation and forged relationships and economic connections with Europeans.
A History of Bennelong Point
with Melissa Jackson
Librarian and specialist Melissa Jackson had completed extensive research of the State Library’s archives and has uncovered fascinating stories about the geographical and social history of Bennelong Point. Using personal paper, photographs and architectural plans Melissa will explore the history of the famous landmark that is Sydney Harbour.
with Ronald Briggs and Jonathan Jones
In 2018 the State Library will open Sydney Elders, a new exhibition curated by Jonathan Jones. Sydney Elders reflects the diversity of the local Sydney Aboriginal community by placing elders’ stories at the centre of knowledge. Through active consultation elders have responded to items in the Library’s collection. Ronald and Jonathan will discuss different collection items and the complexities around how Aboriginal knowledge and stories are held, told and supported through institutions like the Library.
A State Library of NSW presentation.
Photo: Jamie Williams
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