I pay my respects to Aboriginal Peoples - past, present and future and to all Peoples who promote a continuity of Aboriginal culture as a connectedness to Indigenous species and the environment.
I am Dharug-Dharawal from the area known as Muringong-Baragal. I am a custodian of the murura of Johnny Budbury who was born as Ngurra (Country) at belgeny kirboowallie, a shallow waterhole used to cross Durrubbin (Nepean River) near Camden NSW.
Budbury's daughter Mandagerry (Mary) was mygrandmother's grandmother.
The Cowpastures region: Joseph Lycett c1817, Image courtesy of National Library of Australia.
Venessa Possum Continuity 2016, Photographic documentation of a site-specific artefact. Burramattagal, Parramatta River flows beside the Orphans Home where my matrilineal ancestor Mandagerry was institutionalised c 1827. The building on this site is now known as 'Whitlam House' on the Parramatta Campus of the University of Western Sydney.
Female Orphan School by Augustus Earle c1825. In the collection of the National Library of Australia, object/281833