Murawina 1980 (photograph courtesy National Archives of Australia – Series A6180, Item 22/4/80/13)

Murawina 1980 (photograph courtesy National Archives of Australia – Series A6180, Item 22/4/80/13)

ngara        listen, hear, think
djiyadi        talk
baduwa    seek
waranara    seek

Education nurtured and empowered Aboriginal people living in Sydney in the 20th century. With the growing self-determination movement in the late 1960s, Aboriginal people created and managed their own learning opportunities and initiatives. Many of these programs, including Tranby College in Glebe and the Eora Centre in Chippendale, continue today.

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Aboriginal organisations in Sydney

Author: Anita Heiss The Australian Aborigines Progressive Association (AAPA), led by Fred Maynard, operated in Sydney from 1924 to 1927 when it was disbanded due to police harassment. In 1932 in Victoria, William Cooper, Bill Onus and Ebenezer Lovett formed … Continued

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School

A number of private and public schools in Sydney’s inner-city suburbs have provided primary education for Aboriginal people. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School at Waterloo, originally known as the Waterloo Estate School when it opened in 1858, is … Continued

Darlington Public School

Darlington Public School

A number of private and public schools in Sydney’s inner-city suburbs have provided primary education for Aboriginal people. Darlington Public School was established in 1878, moving to new premises on Abercrombie Street in 1975. It has educated primary school age … Continued

Cleveland Street High School

Cleveland Street High School

A number of private and public schools in Sydney’s inner-city suburbs have provided primary education for Aboriginal people. Cleveland Street High School has educated generations of Redfern and Waterloo children since it was established in 1867. Originally the school provided … Continued

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Alexandria Park High School

A number of private and public schools in Sydney’s inner-city suburbs have provided primary education for Aboriginal people. In 1982, Cleveland Street and Waterloo High Schools were merged to become a co-educational facility in Alexandria Park on the site of … Continued

Waterloo Library in December 1984

Waterloo Town Hall & Library

Waterloo Town Hall was converted to a library in the early 1970s. The Koori Collection is a dedicated Aboriginal history collection held at the library which was officially launched in July 2007 as part of NAIDOC Week. It comprises over … Continued

Eora College

Eora Centre

The Eora Centre in Chippendale is a campus of the Sydney Institute of TAFE. Originally located at Regent Street, and later relocated to its present site on Abercrombie Street, it has been a centre for contemporary visual and performing arts … Continued

Murrawina

Murawina

Murawina, meaning ‘black woman’, was a childcare centre run by and for Aboriginal people. It began in 1972 as a breakfast program in Hollis Park for local Aboriginal children living in Redfern and Newtown, but soon expanded to become a … Continued

Students at Tranby Aboriginal College

Tranby

Tranby Aboriginal College is a community-based education cooperative run by and for Aboriginal people. Located in the inner-city suburb of Glebe, Tranby has provided an independent learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since it was set up … Continued