Podcasts

  • Life in the heart of The Rocks
    Summary
    Clocktower Square town crier Stephen Clarke speaks about his working life in the heart of The Rocks
    About Stephen Clarke

    Stephen has been town crying and performing at the Clocktower Square in The Rocks since 1988. He also works as the Gosford City Council town crier and is a balloon sculptor, guitar player and voice-over man for radio commercials.

  • NAIDOC - and what it stands for
    Summary
    Aboriginal local woman, Nikita Ridgeway will be speaking about NAIDOC and what it stands for.
    About Nikita Ridgeway

    Born to Aboriginal parents, her father a Biripi man and stolen generation from Taree and her mother a strong Bundjalung woman, Nikita was bred to be a fighter and educator for her people. She is also the grand-daughter of well-known Aboriginal author and lecturer Dr Ruby Langford Ginibi who writes and speaks about Aboriginal culture, history and politics.

    Nikita’s parents and grandmother were civil rights activists who fought for the equal rights of their people laying the foundation for the ideologies she has today.

    Having grown up in the western suburbs of Sydney she has forever battled stereotypes—being female, Aboriginal, a “Westie” and young. Although from her success, it is evident this has not stopped her yet. Nikita was the first Aboriginal school captain at Blacktown Girls High School and the first Aboriginal student in NSW to receive the Minister of Education Award for Academic Excellence and Contribution to School. She is also co-founder of The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Basketball Association, tournament director of National Indigenous Basketball Championship and co-founder and event director for Redfern Records Entertainment and the Aboriginal Hip Hop & RnB BUMP Music Awards

  • The Red Room Company’s Clubs and Societies project
    Summary
    Poet Johanna Featherstone talks about the landscape of memory, and The Red Room Company’s Clubs and Societies project.
    About Johanna Featherstone

    Featherstone, who established The Red Room Company in 2003, has had her poetry featured in various literary journals including Quadrant and Best Australian Poems. She has created a series of TV shows, The Wordshed, in partnership with the University of Western Sydney, and is an honorary associate of Sydney University’s School of Letters, Arts and Media.

  • Indigenous heritage and bush foods
    Summary
    Aboriginal guide Jess Sinnott talks bush tucker. Learn about Indigenous heritage and bush foods with an experienced Aboriginal guide. Jess will share her knowledge of the fruits, vegetables and meats seasonably available to Aboriginal people in the Sydney area and even bring along some traditional fare for the audience to taste.
    About Jess Sinnott

    Jess currently works as an Aboriginal guide with Sydney Learning Adventures, as an Aboriginal education officer with Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and as an Aboriginal discovery ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. An experienced guide, interpreter and heritage officer, Jess is skilled in delivering tours, programs and workshops that give everyone an opportunity to share in the knowledge of Aboriginal history and culture.

  • Climate issues in the early days of the Sydney colony
    Summary
    Masters graduate Erin Town talks about the fight for food in the early days of the Sydney colony. When the first settlers arrived at Sydney Cove they quickly realised that the land was harsh, dry and unsuitable for the level of farming required to sustain the new colony.
    About Erin Town

    The first settlers were so unprepared for the Australian climate and soil that even Governor Phillip was on rationed food. Erin will discuss the struggles that early European settlers had with food production, the resulting rations and the importance of imports to the growing colony.

    Erin recently graduated from Macquarie University with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (History) and has trained at both The Rocks Discovery Museum and Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures.

  • history of Police presence and notorious crime in The Rocks
    Summary
    Curator of the Rocks Discovery Museum, Dr Wayne Johnson speaks about the history of Police presence in the Rocks and some notorious cases in the 1800s.
    About Dr. Wayne Johnson

    Dr Wayne Johnson has been the Sydney Harbour Foreshore's archaeologist since 1993 and has been curator of The Rocks Discovery Museum since it opened in 2005. Over the last 25 years he has worked on archaeological projects in Bahrain, Jordan, Zanzibar and Portugal. Since 2001 Wayne has worked with the University of Sydney's Greater Angkor excavations in Cambodia. In 2008 he co-authored the book A History of Sydney's Darling Harbour with Roger Parris and in 2010 he co-authored Painting The Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney with Paul Ashton, Anna Cossu and Caroline Butler Bowden.

  • Love of the bush
    Summary
    Clarence Slockee discusses his lifelong love of plants and the bush and his work as Aboriginal Education Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
    About Clarence Slockee

    Clarence Slockee is an Aboriginal man from the Mindjingbal clan of the Bundjalung tribe situated on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia. As a graduate of the National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, he has gained experience across a broad range of performance mediums. He has had extensive involvement in many contemporary Indigenous dance productions and has toured extensively promoting Aboriginal culture, music and dance. Growing up in the lush Tweed Valley with a long family history of bushmen, farmers and fishermen, Clarence has combined his love of teaching, culture, music, dance and the bush with his current role as Aboriginal Education Officer with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

  • 'Faces in the Street' - Aboriginal leaders who shaped our world
    Summary
    Jess Sinnott will explore History Week’s theme of ‘Faces in the Street’ with a talk on Aboriginal leaders who shaped our world.
    About Jess Sinnott

    Jess currently works as an Aboriginal guide with Sydney Learning Adventures, as an Aboriginal education officer with the Royal Botanic Gardens and as an Aboriginal discovery ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. An experienced guide, interpreter and heritage officer, Jess is skilled in delivering tours, programs and workshops that give everyone an opportunity to share in the knowledge of Aboriginal history and culture.

  • Our ‘foodie’ past through archaeology
    Summary
    Guide Team leader James Manser, from Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s education division Sydney Learning Adventures, talks about how we can learn about our ‘foodie’ past through archaeology.
    About James Manser

    Join James at The Rocks Discovery Museum where you can see, touch and interact with archaeological artefacts discovered in the local area, and you learn about what they tell us about our eating and drinking habits in times past.

    James has been responsible for the implementation of archaeological and built environment education programs in The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Pyrmont. Since 2001, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has developed and implemented archaeology-related school excursions for children up to 18 years.

  • Photographing Sydney Harbour at night
    Summary
    Experienced photographer Peter Solness speaks about his ongoing fascination with Sydney Harbour at night as captured through his camera lens.
    About Peter Solness

    He has more than 25 years experience in editorial and corporate photography, and has worked for every major magazine and newspaper in Australia, as well as completing assignments for overseas publications such The Guardian, Conde Naste Traveller and German GEO. Peter’s corporate clients have included Qantas Airlines, N.R.M.A., Commonwealth Bank, AGL and Channel 7. He has been the principal photographer for eight books and a contributor to at least another 10. He also exhibits photographs on a regular basis. Recently Peter has been concentrating on his fine-art photography, in particular the ‘Illuminated Landscape’ essays which explore the visual wonder of the Australian bush at night. Peter’s images are held in the public collections of the National Library Canberra, Museum of Sydney, State Library of NSW and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

  • Indigenous boatmen around Sydney
    Summary
    Dr Keith Vincent Smith speaks about his latest research into Indigenous boatmen around Sydney –sparked by his exhibition and book MARI NAWI: Aboriginal Odysseys (Rosenberg, 2010).
    About Dr Keith Vincent Smith

    Dr Keith Vincent Smith is a historian, author and curator, devoted to colonial Indigenous/European contact history. He has published major biographical studies of the Indigenous leaders Bungaree (1992) and Bennelong (2001). In 2006 Keith was co-curator, with Anthony Bourke, of Eora: mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850, a major exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales. He was senior researcher for the first episode of the SBS television documentary First Australians (2009).

  • The Candle Factory in The Rocks
    Summary
    Zoe Gray from The Candle Factory in The Rocks talks about the art of making candles.
    About Zoe Gray

    Zoe has been perfecting the craft of candle-making for the past three years using techniques passed down from generations. Located in the heart of The Rocks, The Candle Factory has been selling unique handmade candles for over 30 years. With one of the largest range of candles in Sydney, the products on offer are both highly imaginative and original.

  • Aboriginal performers - the next generation
    Summary
    Fred Copperwaite, a Bunuba man from southwest Kimberley, talks about inspiring the next generation of young Aboriginal performers.
    About Fred Copperwaite

    Frederick is an actor, teacher and theatre director with 30 years experience teaching in a variety of training environments throughout Australia and Europe. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1987 and is currently head of theatre and screen studies at The Eora College of Aboriginal Studies Centre for Visual and Performing Arts. He is also a founding member and artistic director of Moogahlin Performing Arts, where he directed Gathering Ground 2010 Timelessness Past Present and Future. Since 2007 he has worked as an artist in residence for the Bell Shakespeare Company.

  • Lachlan Macquarie's legacy in The Rocks
    Summary
    Continuing on the theme of celebrating the 200th anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s 12-year tenure as the 5th Governor of the colony of New South Wales’, Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney talks about Lachlan Macquarie's legacy in The Rocks, seen in the suburb's streets and the stories behind their names.
    About Lisa Murray

    Dr Lisa Murray has been a historian at the Council of the City of Sydney since 2001 and is currently the Acting City Historian and Chair of the Dictionary of Sydney. Her research interests include Sydney's urban, cultural and social history; and cultural landscapes, memory and heritage. Recent publications include the award-winning book The Capitol Theatre Restoration and Musical Chairs: The Quest for a City Recital Hall. Her current research project for the council is a social history of the southern-city industrial areas of Redfern, Waterloo and Alexandria. The book is due for publication in late 2010.

  • Sustainability, as per our traditional landowners
    Summary
    In his talk Dootch will discuss the concept of sustainability from an Indigenous persons perspective and how caring for country is central to his culture and his cause.
    About Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy

    Uncle Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy is a Dharawal Traditional Owner and Chairperson of the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Council. He is a negotiator and advocate for Aboriginal rights and has been involved in community and environmental activism for many years. On Boxing Day 2000 Dootch and his cousin set up camp at Sandon Point to raise awareness that the local council had given a developer approval for a housing estate on this site where a traditional Aboriginal Kuradji, or clever man, was buried. Ten years later the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy remains home for Dootch who is still fighting to protect this important Indigenous site and unique natural environment

  • Exhibition at the State Library of NSW Carved Trees
    Summary
    Ronald Briggs talks about the rare photographs of traditional carved trees, exhibited at the State Library of NSW from 18 April – 26 June.
    About Ronald Briggs

    Ronald Briggs is a curator, author and librarian. He is the curator of the current exhibition at the State Library of NSW Carved Trees – Aboriginal Cultures of Western NSW and is a Gamilaroi man from Moree, NSW. Ronald has worked as an Indigenous Services Librarian at the State Library of New South Wales since 1991, where he assists clients interested in researching Indigenous local or cultural history, Indigenous Australians researching their family history, or public libraries developing their library services and collections for their local Indigenous community. Previously Ronald worked at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

  • NAIDOC week
    Summary
    NAIDOC week and this years theme
    About Lorna Munro

    Lorna Munro descends from thousand-year-old bloodlines with deep roots in New South Wales, and family ties and connections in Northern Queensland, Victoria and beyond. Born in Sydney in the year of Australia’s bicentenary, 1988, she is a proud young Wiradjuri/ Gamilaroi woman.

  • Creating a harmonic environment - architecture
    Summary
    Aboriginal artist John South speaks about his current research into how architecture can be used to create a harmonious environment to heal the mind.
    About John South

    John is a contemporary Aboriginal artist whose family come from the Wailwan language group in far western NSW. John grew up in the Blue Mountains and lives in Sydney where he is currently completing a Masters in Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. His artwork explores location to create a dialogue between the artwork and the environment making references to dreaming stories and his Aboriginal culture. An interdisciplinary artist, John uses video installation, painting and sculpture to suit the location at the time. As part of his current Masters research he is looking at the Sydney College of the Arts site in Callan Park which was once the Kirkbride Building— a purpose built asylum completed in 1880s.

  • The making of our Nation
    Summary
    Binowee Bayles, a member of the Local Aboriginal Community talks about ‘The making of our Nation’ from a Youths perspective, “The making of our nation is not something from our past – but rather something that I and many young Australians are living now for ourselves, our people and our children.”
    About Binowee Bayles

    Binowee Bayles is the second youngest of eight daughters who have been raised with a proud sense of Aboriginal cultural identity. She has worked in Community Services, Education and Theatre and has performed Traditional Aboriginal Dances both nationally and internationally.

  • ARTEXPRESS exhibition in The Rocks
    Summary
    A selection of 2010 Visual Art students from this year’s ARTEXPRESS exhibition in The Rocks speak about their creative process.
    About Artexpress artists

    ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools. In 2011, 19 venues in The Rocks, including hotels, shops, galleries and a historical dig site, will display the work of 34 students. The Rocks Discovery Museum is the ARTEXPRESS headquarters where visitors can pick up a map and cast their vote in the People’s Choice Award.

  • The Tribal Warrior Association - ongoing work
    Summary
    Shane Phillips, CEO of The Tribal Warrior Association, talks about the organisation’s ‘Voyage of Goodwill’ to circumnavigate Australia in 2001 and their ongoing work.
    About Shane Phillips

    The Tribal Warrior Association is a non-profit community organisation initiated and directed by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal Elders. It was established by concerned Aboriginal people who wished to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability. The association offers quality training for employment skills and provides everyday practical assistance by distributing food and groceries to struggling families

  • The Rocks Dreaming program
    Summary
    Binowee Bayles takes us into the world of The Rocks Dreaming program and how she ignites the imaginations of young people with an interpretation of the Rocks from an Aboriginal perspective.
    About Binowee Bayles

    Binowee Bayles takes us into the world of The Rocks Dreaming program and how she ignites the imaginations of young people with an interpretation of the Rocks from an Aboriginal perspective.

  • The work of Mary MacKillop and the Josephite nuns in The Rocks
    Summary
    Edwina Huntley, curator of Mary MacKillop Place Museum, talks about the work of Mary MacKillop and the Josephite nuns at their House of Providence in The Rocks.
    About Edwina Huntley

    Edwina Huntley has been the senior curator of Mary MacKillop Place Museum since 2008. The museum holds a major collection of documents and objects belonging to the founders of the Catholic order, the Sisters of St Joseph. She joined the museum as the curator and project manager for a series of public exhibitions for World Youth Day 2008, including In the footsteps of Mary MacKillop: Australia’s Saint. Her current research project for a forthcoming exhibition Reaching the people: Mary MacKillop in Sydney Cove is an exploration of Mary MacKillop’s vision for social reform through upholding the rights of neglected women and children living in squalid conditions in The Rocks area.

  • Tribal Warrior Association - Connection to the harbour
    Summary
    Shane Phillips speaks about Sydney Harbour from an Indigenous perspective and his ongoing connection to the harbour in his role as CEO for the Tribal Warrior Association.
    About Shane Phillips

    Shane Phillips has a long history of working to empower disadvantaged Indigenous Australians through his involvement as Chief Executive Officer of the Tribal Warrior Association and organiser of the renowned Family Culture Day on the Block at Redfern. The Tribal Warrior Association aims to spread and revitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability to Aboriginal people. Shane is a cultural leader who believes the pathway to positive change is through empowerment and belief in the pride and strength of Indigenous people

  • Ghosts in The Rocks
    Summary
    Through their stories, long-term residents and ghost hosts Brian and Colleen Harrison will take you into the nether world of the Rocks.
    About Brian & Colleen Harrison

    Over fifty years ago the seed of the Ghost Tours was sown. Ghost Host Brian listened to many stories of local murders, suicides, unusual happenings and ghost stories told to him by three generations of his family who ran boarding houses and lived in this historic area. His wife, Ghost Host Colleen has a passion for History, and is a descendant of convicts Sophia and Stafford Lett. Sophia was widowed, owned the Punchbowl Pub and married George Cribb who lived and ran his slaughter yard and butchery in The Rocks. Sophia was George’s third wife.

  • Australia's first 5 Star Green Star heritage building
    Summary
    This talk will cover case studies on Australia's first 5 Star Green Star heritage-listed building - 88 George Street in The Rocks, the sustainability story of one of the oldest buildings in central Sydney -The Mint on Macquarie Street and the greening of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
    About Rafael Chemke, Naomi Martin & Robert Griffin

    Rafael Chemke (Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority), Naomi Martin (Sydney Opera House) and Robert Griffin (Historic Houses Trust) How do you drive environmental sustainability outcomes in Sydney’s iconic heritage buildings while maintaining and accentuating their heritage significance? Find out about the achievements and challenges faced by Sydney’s heritage custodians Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Opera House and Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.

  • The Hula Hoopist of The Rocks
    Summary
    Kira Carden – speaks about life as Hula Hoopist and a Rocks resident.
    About Kira Carden

    Kira Carden from Sydney's circus group Hu-La-La is a high-skill circus artist wrapped up in the body of a 50’s Pin-up Girl. She can spin a hoop on every part of her body, head to toe, she can spin over 40 hoops at once in the famous “Hula Slinky” . Kira lives in The Rocks and has worked as a freelance Hula Hoopist performing solo and group acts with Hu-La-La throughout Australia. She has enthralled audiences with her mix of high-skilled circus hoops and Burlesque styling since 2002. With over ten years’ experience in theatre, dance and circus, Kira’s unique style of performance has been in high demand in corporate entertainment, music festivals and nightclubs. In addition to hula hoops, Kira’s acts include feather fans, Isis wings, Swing Dancing and puppetry.

  • History of the Chinese Garden of Friendship
    Summary
    Talking about the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The History of the Garden and the penjing collection.
    About Philippe Tot

    Philippe Tot is the Penjing caretaker at the Chinese Garden of Friendship and the founder of The Lingnan Penjing Academy of Australia. He has studied under Al Yee Jauco in Sydney and the late Sifu Kevin Lee Wu in Hong Kong. He is also writing several volumes on Chinese thought and various teachings and travels back and forth to China regularly.

  • The Rocks Pop Up Project
    Summary
    The Rocks Pop Up Project - Four buildings // six months // limitless thinking: Anique Vered shares how The Rocks’ latest partnership takes form in four vacant heritage buildings.
    About Anique Vered

    The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in partnership with Arts NSW is running a pilot project to raise the profile of the arts in The Rocks. The Rocks Pop Up Project Space Manager, Anique Vered is a cultural worker and producer interested in creative mediums as effective platforms for societal growth. Producer of the inaugural Creative Sydney 2009, most recently Anique spent two years engaged with various communities in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Israel to gather a deeper understanding of how associations between people and place can sustain both individual and collective.

  • Painting The Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney
    Summary
    Dr Wayne Johnson will give an inside view of Painting The Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney - the book he co-authored to accompany the exhibition. The book examines the forces that changed Sydney’s built environment during the 19th and 20th centuries and the events that led to the loss - and preservation - of significant parts of our colonial heritage.
    About Dr. Wayne Johnson

    Dr Johnson has been Sydney Harbour Foreshore's archaeologist since 1994 and has been curator of The Rocks Discovery Museum since it opened in 2005. Over the past 25 years he has worked on archaeological projects in Bahrain, Jordan, Zanzibar and Portugal. Since 2001, he has worked with the University of Sydney's Greater Angkor excavations in Cambodia. In 2008 he co-authored the book A History of Sydney's Darling Harbour with Roger Parris and in 2010 he co-authored Painting the Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney with Paul Ashton, Anna Cossu and Caroline Butler Bowden.