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Wadgayawa Nhay Dhadjan Wari (they made them a long time ago)

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Mondays to Thursdays, 9am to 8pm Fridays, 9am to 5pm Weekends, 10am to 5pm Thursday 19 October 2023 to Sunday 28 January

These significant Aboriginal objects were removed from Country around 200 years ago. They have travelled back to Sydney so that Aboriginal communities can reconnect with them and rebuild and share knowledge and understanding about how they were made and used.

The 30 belongings have been selected by members of the La Perouse Aboriginal community from five different cultural institutions across the United Kingdom. 

The exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see traditional objects from Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) and Botany Bay, as well as a few from the Shoalhaven River and Port Stephens regions.  

The exhibition is part of a larger project, funded by the Australian Research Council, to bring a selection of objects back to Country for Community members to see up close and to work alongside historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, scientists and curators to learn more about them. 

The State Library is an approved borrowing institution under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Further information about the Scheme and the Library’s responsibilities are outlined here.

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