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Indigenous Heritage

Stolen Generations Memorial

Yandel’ora is the name the Dharawal people gave to Mount Annan, meaning ‘place of peace between peoples’. Acknowledging the Stolen Generations has been a focal issue for Aboriginal Reconciliation in Australia, and a memorial recognising this event is found in the Australian Botanic Garden.

The Stolen Generations Memorial was planned in 1999 between n the NSW Stolen Generations Committee, the Botanic Gardens Trust and Link Up NSW. Experience the memorial as a journey of healing and reflection, as you walk through the tranquil Cumberland Plain Woodland, leading to a peaceful meeting place with water and a sandstone sculptural centrepiece.

Fruit Loop Garden

See and taste seasonal native fruits when visiting the circular garden located within the Australian Botanic Garden. You can also learn about bush foods and find out about plants that are important to Dharawal people.

Aboriginal Education Programs

At the Garden, lessons with Indigenous themes have been developed for primary (K-6), secondary (7-12) and tertiary students. These are closely linked to curriculum requirements and New South Wales Board of Studies syllabus outcomes.

Lessons identify plants that Aboriginal people have used for food, tools and weapons and provide an Indigenous perspective on living with, and from, the native bushland.

Other lessons investigate the true events of First Fleet arrival in Sydney Harbour in 1788 and also offer bush tucker sessions to students studying in TAFE colleges, in partnership with the Restaurant & Catering Association of NSW.

Publications

A wide range of specialised publications that link Aboriginal people to plants and places are to be found at the Visitor Centre. In addition, the Trust has two of its own relevant titles:

Bush Foods of New South Wales by Kathy Stewart and Bob Percival (1997), provides insightful information on the most commonly used bush food plants of New South Wales. This book is now out of print. See the Bush foods of NSW web pages (or download pdf file) and the Aboriginal bush foods web pages.

Darug Connections by Suzanne Kenney (2000), tells the Darug Aboriginal story with works of art created by Darug artists Robyn Caughlan, Mrs Edna Watson and Ian Bundeluk Watson.

Cultural Awareness and Community Outreach

Acknowledgement / Welcome to Country are appropriate cultural protocols that recognise Aboriginal connection to Country. Trust staff observe these throughout day-to-day operations, particularly at major events held on its botanic estates.

The Trust also takes its expertise 'beyond the garden walls' and helps schools and community groups seeking advice in establishing native gardens, often incorporating bush tucker and/or reconciliation themes. Trust staff also support the work of local Indigenous communities by offering assistance in plant identification and selection, landscape design and garden preparation.

Disadvantaged Indigenous communities are given the opportunity to develop gardening skills and a deeper appreciation of the natural environment as part of Community Greening, an initiative of the Trust and NSW Department of Housing.

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