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Curator talk: mahn

As part of NAIDOC week, learn about mahn, a new gallery installation dedicated to Sydney’s first fisherwomen

Join First Nations Curator, Wailwan and Kooma woman Laura McBride and First Nations archaeologist, Bundjalung woman Courtney Marsh as they provide insight into the creation of the First Australians Galleries’ new installation, mahn (fisherwoman).

Mahnjalung (fisherwomen) fished Sydney’s harbours and waterways for a very long time, sustaining both the people and sea in harmony. The curators will provide insight into the relationship between Sydney’s clans and their Country, and how they developed the installation in partnership with local First Nations communities in order for them to represent themselves and their histories at the Museum. Mahn features a new sculptural piece and film acquisition created to honour and remember mahnjalung and their ongoing legacy, as well as more than 1000 archaeological objects collected from Sydney’s most iconic areas.

Talk duration: 45 minutes and question time.

Recommended for people aged 13+.

Please register your interest to secure your place.



Monday 8 July 2019 from 2pm to 3pm


Adult: 15 (inc general admission)
Concession: 8 (inc general admission)
Member: Free

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