Everyone has a story.
Listen to the stories of Aboriginal Community Members. The cultural boundaries of the local Aboriginal community extend beyond the Wollongong LGA. People have connections to La Perouse, the south coast of NSW and other places in Australia.
Click on the people’s names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains images, voices, and names of deceased persons.
Sonny is a Bidjigal man who was born in La Perouse where his family were artefact makers. He has lived much of his life on the south coast of NSW where he has deep connections through the Simms, Lonesborough, Dixon, Carpenter, and Timbery families.
Listen to Sonny’s interview here.
Kirli is a proud Gunai woman, an award-winning children’s author and poet as well as a teacher. This interview was conducted by Leland Kean and was shared by Kirli and MerrigongX Artists’ program.
Listen to Kirli’s story here.
Lorraine has lived in the Illawarra for 47 years. She is deeply involved with the activities of the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation to increase cultural awareness and build community.
Listen to Aunty Lorraine’s story here.
Billy was born in La Perouse but has family and tribal connections to the South Coast and has lived in Wollongong for many years. He learned traditional fishing practices from his father and has a strong cultural and spiritual connection to the sea.
Listen to Billy’s interview here.
This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections please contact us.
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