Tour Guides

Meet our team of professional education guides who have training and experience in education, history, archaeology, tourism, tour guiding and theatre. Their passion for the people and places featured in our programs is complemented by their skills in liaising with teachers and building rapport with students and public.

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Tracey

Tracey is the Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator for PMNSW and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Aboriginal Education Programs for Sydney Learning Adventures and The Rocks Discovery Museum. Additionally, Tracey is responsible for the PNSW Tallowalodah & Tumbalong Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022, the development of Indigenous activations and events in the Precincts as well as providing cultural advice, support and guidance to the wider PMNSW team.

She is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gamillaroi & Yaegl Nations of far northand north west NSW. Tracey has a background in Aboriginal Health and Education, she holds a Bach. Of Education (Secondary) – History & Aboriginal Studies and a Masters in Indigenous Languages Education. Her passions are Aboriginal culture, history, Aboriginal languages and the re-education of non-Indigenous Australians from Indigenous perspectives.

Aiesha Saunders

Aiesha

Aiesha is a Biripi woman from mid-North Coast NSW but was born and raised on Gadigal Country in Sydney. For the past year, Aiesha has worked as an Aboriginal Interpretation Officer for Place Management NSW, bringing forth Aboriginal history and story-telling to a diverse audience in one of Australia's most culturally and historically rich precincts. Aiesha has several years’ experience working within the arts and cultural sector working as a curator, journalist, researcher, and educator focusing on truth-telling and the intertwining of colonial and Aboriginal histories across Sydney.

Bernard

Bernard

Bernard began his professional life in the animation industry, working for Hanna-Barbera and Walt Disney before moving into multimedia. He has written and illustrated four children’s books and his first novel, The Origin of Me was published by Penguin Random House in 2020. Bernard has studied acting and used his skills in more than twenty years of guiding. He is passionate about bringing other people’s stories to life and believes that engaging an audience promotes empathy, understanding and unity.

Tina Ljilja

Tina

Tina is an impassioned, well-travelled and experienced History and Legal Studies teacher working in primary and secondary sector, including adult training and development. Tina brings her years of experience to Place Management NSW working across education programs, such as The Big Dig, interpreting and sharing the history and archaeology of Sydney and its place in world history, and various other projects. Her love for history and archaeology has been the catalyst for her career within the education sector and she finds joy in sharing the past with the curious minds of adults and children across Sydney, in hopes to shape their future and inspire empathy, learning and unity.

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Laura

Laura is a former primary school teacher who has worked for Sydney Learning Adventures as an education guide since 2016. During that time, she has greatly improved her knowledge of both archaeology and Sydney’s historical Rocks’ district. Laura currently leads student excursions at both The Big Dig and Chinese Garden, sharing learning experiences with students from Kindergarten to Year 12, as well as welcoming visitors to the Rocks Discovery Museum.

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Leonie

Leonie has been an Education and Interpretation Officer for Place Management NSW for the past two years, leading learning experiences and helping bring history to life! Leonie has been a teacher all her working career, starting with classroom teaching then mastering experiential learning in the outdoor environment of botanic gardens nationally and internationally. This skill she brings to the historic arena of The Rocks and is supported by a team of equally talented and passionate communicators of history. When not at work you will find Leonie enjoying family get togethers with her three daughters and experimenting with cooking recipes from all over the world.

Ritsuko Calero

Ritsuko

Ritsuko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. For more than 15 years, she has been really enjoying working as an education guide and an interpretation officer for our team. Besides teaching archaeology and history, Ritsuko also has taught numerous arts and crafts classes for children in Sydney including paper crafts, pottery, Japanese language and cultures. She is a Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) artist and a qualified origami teacher. Ritsuko is a mother of 2 grown up children, and loves natures and bushwalking. She also works as a tour guide for her husband's photography tours in Japan.

Jarmarni

Jarmarni is a Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Dharawal land. She has worked as an Aboriginal Education Guide and Interpretation Officer for Place Management NSW for six years running education programs based in Aboriginal history within The Rocks precinct. Jarmarni has several years’ experience in customer service based roles and is working towards furthering her education.