Podcasts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Traditional Aboriginal use of fire
    Summary
    Robert Evitt speaks about his work recording Traditional Ecological Knowledge regarding the Aboriginal use of fire.
    About Robert Evitt

    Robert Evitt was awarded the 2010 NSW Indigenous History Fellowship to work closely with Elders from various communities in New South Wales and in Cape York, to record Traditional Ecological Knowledge regarding the Aboriginal use of fire. This knowledge has been stored on the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways database, and remains the intellectual property of the Elders. This work supports the preservation of knowledge so that it can be passed on to future generations.

  • The exhibition 'Painting The Rocks: The loss of Old Sydney'
    Summary
    Australian Artist Paul Ashton Delprat talks about art in The Rocks. The exhibition Painting The Rocks: The loss of Old Sydney, at the Museum of Sydney, features 1902 paintings by a group of artists capturing the charm of 'old Sydney' before it disappeared. Paul will talk about The Rocks as a source of inspiration for artists, both then and now.
    About Paul Ashton Delprat

    Paul is the principal of the Julian Ashton Art School in The Rocks which was founded in 1890 by his great Grandfather Julian Ashton. His art is represented in the National Gallery, Canberra, regional galleries, the BHP collection and other public and private collections. Paul has held more than 20 one-man exhibitions in Sydney as well as exhibitions in London, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle. His work has been selected for the Archibald, Sulman and Wynne exhibitions.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Strong Aboriginal women
    Summary
    Gabi Briggs shares her passion for stories about strong Aboriginal women.
    About Gabi Briggs

    Gabi Briggs is an Anaiwan & Gumbangier woman of Northern NSW working as an Aboriginal Guide with Sydney Learning Adventures. She is currently studying her first year of Bachelor of Fine Arts at the UNSW College of Fine Arts. She has a passionate interest for Indigenous culture and history.

  • Sowada family’s memories of The Rocks
    Summary
    The Sowada family have been selling historic photographs at The Rocks Markets for more than 20 years. Many of the photographs, taken by Valentin Sowada, depict everyday life and significant events, including the building of Sydney Opera House. Helen and Karen talk about the Sowada family’s memories of The Rocks and how it has changed over time.
    About Helen & Karen Sowada

    Valentin Sowada’s photography, much of it taken in the 1960s, captured Sydney at the nexus of its conversion from a bustling city to major international metropolis. Sydney city, The Rocks, Sydney’s beach culture, King’s Cross, the structural beauty of construction, and the entertainments of suburban life dominate his photos from this era.

  • History of the Julian Ashton art School
    Summary
    Australian Artist Paul Ashton Delprat talks about art in The Rocks, and the Julian Ashton art School and its History.
    About Paul Ashton Delprat

    Paul is the principal of the Julian Ashton Art School in The Rocks which was founded in 1890 by his great Grandfather Julian Ashton. His art is represented in the National Gallery, Canberra, regional galleries, the BHP collection and other public and private collections.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The influence of Indigenous women
    Summary
    This talk will focus on the importance of Indigenous women and the many roles they have played in the overall development of Australia’s Indigenous history, from traditional times to the present.
    About James Wilson-Miller

    It will highlight areas where the influence of women far outweighs that of Indigenous men through their everyday role as educators, child carers, camp builders, food collectors, decision-makers, peacekeepers, artists, storytellers and healers. It will also be centred on women from Gringai Clan of the Wonnarua Nation in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

    James Wilson-Miller has been Section Head and Curator of Koori History and Culture at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, for the past 14 years. He is an experienced researcher, well-known Koori historian and the author of the best seller, Koori: A Will To Win, based on the Koori female line of his immediate and extended families. In September 1998, he became the first Koori historian to give the prestigious annual History Council address. James is respected by Koori Elders, educators and community members as well as his non-Koori colleagues and in 2001 was awarded the Centenary of Federation Centenary Medal for Services to the Community.

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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

  • 1891 Royal Commission on Alleged Chinese Gambling and Immorality
    Summary
    Monique Galloway, archaeologist and special heritage project officer for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, talks about the 1891 Royal Commission on Alleged Chinese Gambling and Immorality and Charges of Bribery against Members of the Police Force.
    About Monique Galloway

    Monique is part of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s team of skilled archaeologists who conserve, manage and interpret the significant natural and cultural heritage resources that exist within its jurisdiction. In 2008 Monique was selected to participate in the ICOMOS International Internship program, where she was employed in The Presidio Trust’s Archaeology Laboratory and assisted as an educator with summer camps teaching archaeology to American school children.

  • The Tribal Warrior Association - Voyage of Goodwill
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Pictures of Old Sydney exhibition catalogue
    Summary
    Bob Whight will lead a discussion of the discovery of the 1902 Pictures of Old Sydney exhibition catalogue, the ensuing research into the context of the exhibition and the growing fascination with “Old Sydney” and heritage conservation at the turn of the last century.
    About Bob Whight

    Bob is an assistant exhibitions officer with the Historic Houses Trust (HHT). She has worked in various roles for the HHT, including as guide and assistant curator, and on the research and development of a number of exhibitions and publications, including Bridging Sydney, Sydney’s pubs: liquor, larrikins and the law and most recently Painting The Rocks: the loss of Old Sydney.