Podcasts

  • Environmental concerns, obligations and consumer rights under the law
    Summary
    Martino Santi, ACCC, will explain some of the issues in relation to green and environmental claims and suggest ways consumers can protect themselves and what they can do if they believe they have been misled. Martino will also outline traders’ obligations and consumer rights under the law and refer to some of the cases the ACCC has investigated.
    About Martino Santi

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent statutory authority formed in 1995 to administer the Trade Practices Act 1974 and other acts. The Trade Practices Act aims to enhance the welfare of Australians through the promotion of competition and fair trading and provision for consumer protection.

  • '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.

  • The Discovering Country – Sydney Harbour exhibition
    Summary
    Murray and René speak about the Discovering Country – Sydney Harbour exhibition which ran at The Rocks Discovery Museum in 2011. The exhibition is a celebration in photographs of the environment, history and culture of Sydney Harbour.
    About Murray Vanderveer & Rene Vogelzang

    Murray Vanderveer is a Sydney photographer with a great love of the outdoors. Working professionally for many years as an advertising photographer, he also now teaches photography with the ACP and Sydney Community Colleges. Murray’s main passion is landscape photography of both the natural and built environment and also portraiture. His portraits have hung in the Citibank National Portrait Prize 2005 and 2006, the National Portrait Prize 2007 and the Moran Portrait Prize 2008 René Vogelzang is a Sydney-based photographer with a passion for landscape photography driven by an exploration of his sense of place and belonging. Born in Holland before emigrating to Australia as a child, René has a fascination with the spiritual and emotional impact that different landscapes have on each of us. He has lived in Holland, Belgium and France for extended periods and travelled and worked extensively in Asia gaining an insight into the influence of culture and environment on our connection to the landscape and its stories.

  • The Rocks Dreaming program
    Summary
    Binowee Bayles speaks about igniting the imaginations of young people with The Rocks Dreaming program, an interpretation of The Rocks from an Aboriginal perspective.
    About Binowee Bayles

    Binowee is the Aboriginal interpretation officer at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and 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.

  • Finding treasure and celebrating amazing women
    Summary
    Annette Butterfield speaks about finding a trunk of extraordinary artworks in her family home and about amazing women unacknowledged in the history books.
    About Annette Butterfield

    Annette holds a masters degree in art history and theory from the University of NSW. She has worked as a co-curator at various venues throughout Australia speaking about 19th century female artists. Annette runs a women’s group called ‘The Lost Ladies’ through the Older Women’s Network in Millers Point to investigate historic places in Sydney.

  • Aboriginal welfare photography
    Summary
    Sue Newman, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, and Susan Charlton, Creative Producer, discuss their emotive exhibition of old Aboriginal welfare photographs, In Living Memory
    About Sue Newman & Susan Charlton
  • Currency of The Rocks
    Summary
    Ardent coin collector Tony Stevens will talk about proclamation: why the colony needed them, why certain coins from different countries were chosen and what they tell us about visitors to the colony.
    About Tony Stevens

    Anthony (Tony) Stevens was born and raised in Birchgrove (Balmain) in the 1950s, when the area was still a working-class suburb. At the time, Mort Docks and Snail Bay, a wooden ship repair yard, were still operating. At low tide in Snail Bay, Tony would collect copper nails, coins and old metal ship parts which saw him develop a love of historic items. He still remembers when hundreds of old pipes and cutlery were dug up in Birchgrove when tram tracks were being laid. Today, he still discovers old coins and spends hours researching the origin and people that once used them.

  • The 19th Century garden at Vaucluse House
    Summary
    Gardener Dave Gray talks about Victorian gardens. Just 30 minutes from the city, Vaucluse House showcases an elegant lifestyle that sharply contrasts the warehouses and townhouses of The Rocks. The Historic Houses Trust property features a working kitchen garden on the site of a 19th-century original.
    About Dave Gray

    Head Gardner Dave Gray shares some enthralling stories about the hard work that goes into creating this authentic recreation of a functional Victorian kitchen garden and the rewards of connecting to history through a medium still beloved today.

    Dave Gray is head gardener at the Historic Houses Trust and has worked as a gardener at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. David has certificates for horticulture from the City of Guilds and Royal Horticultural Society, London and National Certificate of Horticulture in Landscape from the Merrist Wood and Agricultural College in the UK. Most recently he has overseen the garden at the historic property Glenfield, in south-western Sydney, as part of the Endangered Houses Fund.

  • 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.

  • Masterchef is turning us into a nation of food snobs!
    Summary
    NSW school students will whisk, baste, broil and fry the provocation “That Masterchef is turning us into a nation of food snobs!”
    About NSW Schools Debate

    Facilitated by Lloyd Cameron, the speaking competitions coordinator of The Arts Unit

  • 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.

  • Cadman’s Cottage and the role of the Government Dockyard in Macquarie’s colonial expansion
    Summary
    David Thompson from the National Parks and Wildlife Service talks about Cadman’s Cottage and the role of the Government Dockyard in Macquarie’s colonial expansion. Built in 1816, Cadman’s Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony.
    About David Thompson

    David Thompson is a Senior Guide with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. He coordinates the NPSW tours within the Sydney Region and has worked out of Cadman’s Cottage since 1999.

  • The impact of structural racism
    Summary
    Merindah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from the Gamillaroi community in Tingha NSW. From a young age Merindah was aware of the impact that structural racism has had and continues to have on many Indigenous people.
    About Merindah Donnelly

    Growing up in rural NSW, Merindah was exposed to racism and marginalisation and has since sought to become a spokesperson and ambassador for social justice and Indigenous issues.

    Merindah works at the Australia Council for the Arts as the Indigenous Program Officer for Market Development Internationally and Nationally. Her commitment to Indigenous social justice remains a priority and she recognises the rights of Indigenous people to claim, control and enhance their cultural development and cultural maintenance through the arts. She is proud to work for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Division where the principles of self-determination are celebrated.

  • Creating performances in The Rocks
    Summary
    Creative producer Michael Cohen talks about creating performances in unusual spaces and places, in The Rocks and beyond.
    About Michael Cohen

    Michael Cohen is a site-based performance/event director and creative producer of events at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. In this capacity, he directed The Rocks Fire Water (Vivid Festival 2009 and 2010). Michael was co-artistic director of Theatre Kantanka from 1996 to 2006, and programme director of Newcastle Live Sites between 2004 and 2008.

  • Indigenous heritage and bush foods
    Summary
    Jess Sinnott speaks about indigenous heritage and bush foods, sharing her knowledge of the fruits, vegetables and meats seasonably available to Aboriginal people in the Sydney area.
    About Jess Sinnott

    Jess Sinnott currently works as a part-time teacher and aboriginal cultural education program coordinator at northern Sydney Institute of Tafe. Jess is also an Aboriginal guide with Sydney Learning Adventures, an Aboriginal education officer with the Royal Botanic Gardens and 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.

  • 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.

  • Convict biography - George Cribb
    Summary
    Di Carvell speaks about the colourful life and times of convict butcher George Cribb.
    About Di Carvell

    Di has been a professional tour guide since 1999. She is currently an educational facilitator for Sydney Learning Adventures, an education ranger with Centennial Parklands and a tour guide for The Rocks Pub Tours. Di attributes her passion for people and culture to her parents, who are keen historians and educators, and have dedicated their lives to sharing learning opportunities with others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Let the river's run let all people be one colour
    Summary
    Nambrimbrii (Let the river's run let all people be one colour) will be the focus of his speech, creating an atmosphere of spiritual cognition. Richard has a wealth of spoken word monologues relating to the two hundred years of historical occupation.
    About Richard Green

    He will perform contemporary song of his ancestors and try to encourage people to discover the truth and beauty of Aboriginal Australia.

    Richard Green is of the Irish/Darug of Western Sydney, he is of the Boorooberongle people of Burramattagal. Richard is of the Webb/Green family bloodline and is highly regarded as a Yellamundie (storyteller, singer and historian). Richard’s alter ego, singer/songwriter Dr Greenthum is regularly aired on Gadigal Radio 93.7 FM. Richard is in constant demand as an Australian actor and has recently appeared as the voice of Germain and language tutor on the Chris Burke series of the 'Yarramundie Kids'.

  • 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.

  • ‘Bully Beef Stew’ - a theatrical exploration of Aboriginal manhood
    Summary
    Sonny Dallas Law, Colin Kinchela and Bjorn Stewart discuss their new performance work ‘Bully Beef Stew’ presented by PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. Bully Beef Stew is a theatrical exploration of Aboriginal manhood by three young Aboriginal men working together to transcend usual notions of what it is to be an Aboriginal man today.
    About Sonny Dallas Law, Colin Kinchela and Bjorn Stewart

    Sonny Dallas Law is a graduate of the Eora Performing arts Centre 2004. He has been practicing his craft since his graduation, performing, writing and directing. Sonny Dallas has performed in small community theatre to large stage productions. He has also starred in many short/short feature films. Sonny Dallas is currently the Cultural Arts Development officer at the Redfern Community Centre. He enjoys his roles and responsibilities organising and running cultural arts events and programs for the community.

    Sonny continues to write and perform as an artist working on other projects outside of his daily work. Sonny believes by working in the arts administration and in the Performing Arts Industry practically, he will further his skills as an artist. Colin Kinchela Gamilarray (Kamilaroi) Nation, North-West New South Wales, is an independent Sydney based actor, director and writer, works across a sweep of performance mechanisms combining dominant work practices of community cultural (heritage) protocols, social justice and mental health. He regularly facilitates for a range of diverse educational and arts organisations as a guest director and mentor/ trainer.

    Colin is the Vice-Chair and an initial member of Mooghalin Co-Op, the newest Indigenous theatre company in Australia. Bjorn Stewart has professionally performed in a number of developments, short plays and major productions such as Ben Hurr, The Colourblind Project, and now a current member of Kenetic Energy Theatre Company, who focused on political injustices on the global environment and tackling indigenous issues.

    He has also performed, written and directed his own performances around Sydney and Wollongong. As an artist Bjorn relishes in treading a fine line on boundaries set for racial discrimination in a playful environment. This playful energy triggers the conceptual exploration of the human nature in controlled environments he enjoys dwelling into and brings this share experience with an audience.

  • Researching Aboriginal family history
    Summary
    Indigenous Services Librarians and authors Melissa Jackson and Ronald Briggs give their expert advice on researching Aboriginal family history and demonstrate the online resources available through the State Library of NSW website.
    About Melissa Jackson & Ronald Briggs
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Contemporary songs of Aboriginal ancestors
    Summary
    Nambrimbrii (let the river's run, let all people be one color) will be the focus of his speech which will create an atmosphere of spiritual cognition. Richard has a wealth of spoken-word monologues which relate to the 200 years of European occupation.
    About Richard Green

    He will perform contemporary songs of his ancestors, and encourage people to discover the truth and beauty of Aboriginal Australia.

    Singer, songwriter, actor and teacher Richard Green is of the Irish/Darug of Western Sydney. He is of the Boorooberongle people of Burramattagal and the Webb/Green family bloodline. Highly regarded as a Yellamundie (storyteller, singer, historian), Richard, aka Dr Greenthum, is regularly aired on Gadigal Radio 93.7 FM.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.