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1. Editorial 2. Our Students  Joe Masters- Flying High to UNSW  Honours in Indigenous Studies  Research Assistant: Alanah Griffiths  Inaugural Rainbow Flag Raising at UNSW with Anna Charlotte Amelia  2015 National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games. 3. Our Research  Birring Ngara –Thinking of the Stars Indigenous Astronomy at Nura Gili, UNSW  Turtles of the Torres Strait Symposium 4. UNSW Writing in partnership with Nura Gili presents Ellen Van Neevan 5. Our Supporters Graham and Joanne Russell: Educating tomorrow’s Indigenous business leaders 6. Our Communities  YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall  Coloured Digger ANZAC March and Commemorative Service

7. About Us -


About UNSW About Nura Gili About Balnaves Place –Home of Nura Gili


As you may recall from our last issue of Nura Gili News, Linda Kennedy one of our UNSW Architecture Alumni continues to be an emerging voice shaping the critical perspective and junctions in relation to Indigenous Culture in Architecture, as she shares here: “I recently wrote a blog post critiquing the Portrait Building in Melbourne. This led to a public forum at the Koorie Heritage Trust discussing Aboriginality and Architecture and an interview on ABC Radio’s National’s Awaye Program with Indigenous Architect Kevin O’Brien. We were thrilled Linda, who is now studying her in Melbourne came to visit us at Nura Gili this afternoon on her way to UTS where Kevin O’Brien is giving a public lecture and hosting an all Black panel to discuss Exploitation of Culture in Architecture – the Stolen Elevation. On the panel, moderated by Daniel Browning are Kevin O’Brien, Linda Kennedy, Dillon Kombumerri and Michael Hromek. If you would also like to listen to Linda and Kevin’s interviews on the Awaye program here is the link: Speaking of Awaye, Tess Allas Director, Indigenous Programs at UNSW Australia Art & Design recently shared with me a great interview with Uncle Vic Chapman, whom we also profiled in Nura Gili News after his memorable address at one of our UNSW Graduation Ceremonies last year. No doubt many will also be keen to listen to his interview on Awaye here: Last week saw the start of the second Aboriginal Career and Development Leadership Program, a partnership program run with NSW Public Service Commission and AGSM UNSW where as part of the program participants develop their recommendations and present on a pressing policy challenge . Here’s more about the program including a Video with participants from the 2014 pilot program. This week with our Nura Gili UNSW students on their mid Semester break and many others enjoying the school holidays I hope everyone has had some time to catch up with themselves, families and friends which with the many demands on our lives can at times be tricky. If you are and/or know of Indigenous high school students in years 10, 11 and 12 interested in coming to our UNSW Indigenous Winter School in July 2015, a gentle reminder that the closing dates for applications is 5pm, Friday 24th April 2015. For more information see here l and do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries. Have a great month and enjoy this month’s issue which once again shares the diversity and talents of many of our students and staff.

Rebecca Harcourt, Editor.



“I knew Nura Gili is the best Indigenous Unit around, and as selfish as it sounds, I wanted to take full use of this fantastic resource.” Joe Masters I first met Joe Masters who is the latest recipient of the Russell Family Scholarship for Indigenous Students when he came to UNSW Indigenous Winter School in 2011 and elected to do our Business program. Joe was in year 12 then and he told me he was going to be a pilot and then come back and study Business. Joe is now a pilot with Jetstar- their youngest ever pilot and he is in his first year embarking on a dual degree Bachelor of Commerce and Aviation Management here at UNSW, having completed the UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business in 2014.

Where did you grow up? Our Business Our Future I was born in Brisbane and grew up on the south side in Wynnum/Manly, UNSW Indigenous Winter School -Business Program 2011 living in the same house my entire life, attending the local schools and sporting clubs. Both of my parents also grew up on the south side of Brisbane. My parents and sister still live in the same house. Who are your role models? I would have to say my Dad. Despite never finishing high school, he is no dill. A clever man with an exceptional work ethic and he has instilled this in me. Despite working hard his whole life to make our lives easier, he never let me take the easy road. For example when I first started to learn to fly at the cost of $210 an hour for every lesson, he could have scraped it together to pay for me. However my Dad made me get a job at the local supermarket for $8.10 an hour and I paid for every cent of my flying lessons. Through his actions Dad taught me an excellent attitude of working towards my goals the hard way. Do you remember what first sparked your interest in flying and becoming a pilot? No, it is something I always wanted to do for as long as I could remember. According to my mother, I originally wanted to be a ‘bin truck driver’. So my guess is I've always been interested in big machines. Sometimes I think it is my lifelong passion that makes me love aviation so much and makes me work so hard towards it. Can you share some insights into your journey to become a pilot? I started working for Jetstar in November 2013 after spending two months in the UK to finish my training. I first started learning to fly when I was 16, at the same time, I was learning to drive. At one point, I had more experience flying by myself, without an instructor, than I had driving by myself! When I finished high school I moved interstate to Melbourne, by myself, to undergo an intensive 18 month program. By the end of this program I had secured my flying license and completed an Associate Degree of Aviation from Swinburne University of Technology. Following this, I had a three month break where I worked full time so I could afford to fly on the weekends and then onto the UK. 5

What is one of your most memorable experiences to date? The one moment I will never forget of the rest of my life is the day I first ever landed the A320 with 180 passengers on board. It was my fifth flight in the aircraft and my training captain decided I was ready to have a go. For someone that had only turned 19 four months earlier it isn't only the most nerve racking thing I've ever done, but my biggest accomplishment. What do you consider are the key attributes that make a good pilot? I honestly don't know, I think someone who has been flying for 50 years would struggle to answer this question. No one is ever perfect and everyday I go to work I just want to learn something new and improve myself. Flying aside, if I go to bed one day without having learnt something, that day has been wasted in my opinion. What are some of the challenges? Continuing to be hard on yourself, not only with regard to my flying and/or procedures, but learning new things. Once someone gets comfortable with anything they do regularly they become slack, but I think you just need to push yourself. I think because my rate of learning has slowed down at work it was the right time to come back to university to make the most of my idle brain space. I remember when I first met you at Winter School in 2011 how clear you were about your goals and what you were going to do to make them happen – a tremendous example of self-determination in action! I don't think they were really goals, more dreams. I dreamt big and did everything I could to achieve my dreams, continually supported by my parents, sister and friends. I really hope this sets a precedence for other young Indigenous people, and it shows them everything is possible if you set your mind to something and work hard, I hope someone can out do everything I've accomplished and in turn someone out does them. Already you’ve achieved a number of your goals and dreams. Now you are embarking on next stages in your journey. Can you share about your decision to come and study here with us here at UNSW? As you mentioned, I've always wanted to study business, I didn't care where or when, I just wanted to do it. I was initially enrolled at a university in Queensland in 2012 but had to give that up to pursue my flying dream. Now that I have the time, I want to keep my mind active and I have the opportunity to do this. I didn't want to go to the best university, I don’t even know what universities are the best in the country, I knew Nura Gili is the best Indigenous Unit around, and as selfish as it sounds, I wanted to take full use of this fantastic resource. The reason I think business is the best option for me, despite being interested in it, is if I can no longer fly due to strict medical requirements, for example if I have a car accident, I now have somewhere to turn. And if I am lucky enough to fly for the rest of my life, this degree can potentially help me within the aviation industry. Having experienced a few different Indigenous programs around the country, UNSW Indigenous Winter School was by far the best and the one I have the fondest memories. Funnily enough a friend I made at another program is the one that alerted me to Winter School, without her I may not be here now.


Having now successfully articulated through the UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Business (Nov/Dec 2014) to study a dual degree here at UNSW in Commerce and Aviation Management how are you finding being a student again whilst also working? No one can deny it is hard work, but I'm making it work. I've organised my full time uni timetable into just two full days. So potentially I am either at uni or work every day of the week, rostering permitting. I love my job and I love learning. So I'm as ‘happy as Larry’ at the moment, despite the long days and lack of sleep at times. And along with all of this is I still manage to find time once a week to go and do aerobatics in a light aircraft for fun. My biggest frustration is being invited out to socialise or to travel with my friends and not being able to go due to my heavy workload at the moment. But small sacrifices now will pay off in the long run. What are some of your tips for good time management? A skill you are very adept at as we saw during Pre Programs when you would study all week and fly many shifts at the weekend. I guess just make use of your time wisely. Sometimes the best thing I can do for myself is to literally do nothing: spending the day lounging around the house or at a friend’s house watching TV or playing games. Just to relax your mind and body before getting into another full on week saves myself from burning out. Pre-program's was hard because I didn't get this opportunity. I was still technically working full time and studying five days a week. A few of the weeks I went and did two flights on Friday night after class before doing eight flights over the weekend, all while doing my study and assignments. What do you hope to explore, discover, gain from your degrees and time here at UNSW? Knowledge, learning and power: simple. Also something I'm good at is networking. I can walk into a room and say hi or have conversations with new people spontaneously. Being here is a perfect opportunity to expand my network. What does Nura Gili mean to you? Watching so many inspirational people pass through before me gives me motivation. It is a place for me to study, turn to for support, support others, network and most importantly grow. For others thinking about studying at university, future careers, becoming a pilot what advice can you share? Dream bigger, than you can ever imagine yourself doing. Then do it. Work hard, make sacrifices, make friends, have fun and learn! Just like sport, push yourself until you think your body is about to quit, then keep pushing until you reach your limit, this same logic goes for your mind. Where’s the most interesting place/s you’ve travelled to? Japan. Even though I was only there for a few days, I just wandered around the cities exploring and observing. The Japanese are such a hard working culture and aren't there to ‘out do’ each other, only to support each other, and you can see that in everyday life, it is hard to explain. What’s on your travel wish list? Everywhere, one day! Interview with Rebecca Harcourt 7


This year has seen the launch of the first Honours program in Indigenous Studies at Nura Gili. The Honours year is available to students who have excelled in their undergraduate study, and gives students the opportunity to spend a year focusing on a major research project, working with supervision to produce important work. Though it is still early in the year, the students in this inaugural class have already made great strides towards this goal. The Honours program at Nura Gili begins early, with intensive classes running in January and February enabling students to have their research well underway before most undergraduates have hit campus. In January, we spent three days exploring the history and practice of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences, focusing on the way researchers have produced knowledge about Indigenous peoples and topics in the academy. We considered different ways of approaching this work, developing indebted critiques that can lead us to new research questions to illuminate Indigenous situations both historically and today. From here, we moved on in February to explore the range of research traditions that have characterised academic attempts to make sense of the contexts of Indigenous situations in Australia. We worked through a range of the more standard ‘Western’ methodologies before engaging with the writings of key authors who have worked to develop a range of innovative Indigenous Studies approaches to research; approaches students can engage with to produce creative and important work. Students experimented with different ways of working with archives and data, and discussed their standpoints and positions in relation to their work. Students are now deep in the research phase of their major Honours projects, exploring a wide range of questions across the field. Rhyan Clapham is investigating the place of hip hop in Indigenous communities today in relation to identity, politics, personal identity, and community. Josephine Ajuyah is exploring the ways Black people experience their identity in Australia by interviewing Indigenous Australians and people of African descent, both groups having a rich history of working in solidarity with one another and uniquely also identifying with the term Black. Michelle Gantevoort is using key historical sources to research the astronomical knowledge of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultures, and Imogen Casey is researching the Morning Star ceremony in Aboriginal cultures across the north of Australia. Gillian Turner’s project investigates the everyday relationships that developed between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians during the early settlement of Sydney using primary sources such as letters and diaries. She is exploring how these relationships affected social structures and relations of oppression, domination and mutuality and how these relate to concepts of morality. The Honours program at Nura Gili is designed help students develop the skills to carry out major projects like these. All our students are working towards sophisticated and substantial research projects that promise to make valuable contributions to knowledge in Indigenous Studies.

Dr Ben Silverstein BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) PhD. Honours Convenor & Lecturer, Nura Gili. For more information about Honours in Indigenous Studies, contact: Tel: (02) 9385 7542


Alanah Griffiths was recently successful in her application for the Indigenous Research Assistant at the School of Social Sciences. Alanah will be working on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project: A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison. This is a national research project that aims to provide new understandings of employment pathways for ex-prisoners. Given the extreme overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in prisons, as well as their lower education and employment outcomes, the project will focus on developing current understandings of the specific training and employment needs of Indigenous persons involved in the criminal justice system. As a research cadet Alanah will be mentored by the lead CI Professor Baldry and the RA Simone Rowe and guided by the project’s other Research Officers and Chief Investigators. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside a team of researchers who are recognised nationally and internationally for their criminological, penalogical and social science research expertise, and to learn the skills fundamental to conducting social science research. Jeremy Heathcote BSoc Indigenous Employment Coordinator Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit

Left: Alanah with fellow students Dennis Golding and John Carr at Nura Gili.



It was tremendous to see Nura Gili’s Anna Charlotte Amelia speak at the inaugural Rainbow Flag raising earlier this year. Anna is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts here at UNSW: “As a queer student, having the rainbow flag fly at the university means quite a lot,” said Anna. “It means the university stands with its queer students and staff against all forms of queer phobia. In my experience, UNSW is a place which allows students to explore who they are and have the support of the staff and fellow students. However, there is still more work to be done.” The Honourable Michael Kirby AC, former High Court Justice and the Patron of the Kirby Institute also addressed the crowd. The event was hosted by the Kirby Institute in partnership with the ALLY@UNSW. President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs, attended the celebration and remarked on the significance of the event. “UNSW stands for equality of rights for all,” said the Vice Chancellor. To read more see:


From the 28th of June until the 2nd of July twenty seven Nura Gili, UNSW Indigenous students and two staff members will be participating in the 20th National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games. The Games are held at a different location each year, with a number of universities competing to win the championship. Last year’s games were hosted by the University of Western Australia in Perth where over 350 students from 24 universities competed. This is the largest number of participants since the games were established in 1995. This year the Games will be held in Newcastle. Representing UNSW in Touch, Netball, Volleyball and Basketball every team member will have the opportunity to play in each sport. Since its inception, the aim of the gathering has been to promote unity, interaction and friendly competition between Indigenous tertiary students; providing a great networking opportunity where students can build life- long friendships. Above: Kayla Innes, Shania Cora and Karlie Stewart

Already we have been busy fundraising and sourcing sponsorships to contribute towards our uniforms and accommodation in Newcastle. We hosted a bake stall on the 25th of March and raised $442 from all the delicious cakes donated by staff and students. We will be hosting breakfast barbecues and sausage sizzles throughout the semester and students are also selling chocolates. One of our major events will be a Trivia night on Friday 15th of May with great prizes on offer- tickets will be available soon. For example, we approached Randwick City Council and they generously provided a $2,000 prize including a 10 person ticket to any Rooster game throughout the year with beverages and food included. Whilst this is a sporting competition, to the participants it also serves as a meeting place which fosters new, and strengthens existing, academic and cultural links between Indigenous tertiary students from across Australia and further promotes Indigenous health and education for generations to come. The Games are a great opportunity for Indigenous students to be able to come together as one and celebrate our achievements throughout our journey in tertiary education. This event contributes to Closing the Gap in educational and health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and is an important celebration that allows Indigenous students to acknowledge their achievements and contribution to reconciliation and closing the gap.

Kimberly Peckham and Blake Barratt Kimberly is a second year student studying a dual degree in Arts/Law and Blake also in his second year is studying a dual degree in Commerce /Arts UNSW. 13

The study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander astronomical knowledge and traditions is one of the main research areas of Nura Gili and a rapidly growing area of scholarship, community engagement, and public interest. This represents the first in an ongoing monthly article about the activities, research, teaching, and education of the leading Indigenous Astronomy group in Australia. Right: Willy Stevens talking about Aboriginal astronomy at Elvina Track, Kuringai Chase National Park for a French documentary

What We Do Australia’s Indigenous peoples’ rich and ancient traditions relating to the stars informed social practices, sacred law, and ceremony, and were used for navigation, calendars, hunting, fishing, and gathering. They were also an important contribution to Indigenous identity and spirituality. Our program is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the intricate and complex ways in which Indigenous astronomical knowledge was developed and encoded in oral traditions and material culture. Group Members The group is led by American-born astronomer and academic Dr Duane Hamacher. Duane was hired to build a research profile in Indigenous Astronomy at UNSW and in 2013 won a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. This three-year grant (2014-2017) involves studying the astronomy of Torres Strait Islanders. Several students joined the group in 2014 and 2015. Trevor Leaman (PhD) is researching Wiradjuri astronomy in central NSW; Melissa Razuki (PhD-RMIT) is researching Seven Sisters Dreamings; Imogen Casey (Hons) is researching Morning Star ceremonies; Michelle Gantevoort (Hons) is studying Aboriginal astronomy in Tasmania; and Bob Fuller (RA) is exploring Aboriginal astronomy on the Central Coast of NSW. Carla Guedes, Bob Pankhurst, and David Pross are volunteers researching projects of their own interest. Willy Stevens is an Aboriginal guide at Sydney Observatory who works with our group to develop our research output into education and tour programs for the public. Education ATSI 2015: The Science of Indigenous Knowledge allows students to explore the various ways in which scientific information is encoded in Indigenous knowledge systems. This includes astronomy, weather and climate, ecology, bush medicines, mathematical systems, geological events, and fire practices. ATSI 3006: The Astronomy of Indigenous Australians guides students through the various ways in which Indigenous people understood and utilised the stars in an interactive classroom environment. Students conduct original research and produce educational materials. 14

Recent Publications Hamacher, D.W. (2015). Finding meteorite impacts in Aboriginal oral traditions. The Conversation, 3 March 2015. Hamacher, D.W. (2014). Stories from the sky: Astronomy in Indigenous Knowledge. The Conversation, 1 December 2014. Hamacher, D.W. (2014). Are supernovae recorded in Indigenous astronomical traditions? Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage, 17(2), 161-170. Wyatt, G., Stevenson, T. & Hamacher, D.W. (2014). Dreamtime Astronomy: development of a new Indigenous program at Sydney Observatory. Above Group Members: Michelle Gantevort, Imogen Casey, Bob Pankhurst, Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage, 17(2), 195-204. Bob Fuller, Carla Guedes, Duane Hamacher, Trevor Leaman .

Leaman, T.M. & Hamacher, D.W. (2014). Aboriginal Astronomical traditions from Ooldea, South Australia, Part I: Nyeeruna and the Orion Story. Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage, 17(2), 180-194.

Outreach Group members regularly give talks to schools, public groups, societies, and media interviews. You can find videos on our YouTube channel, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Duane Hamacher BSC, MSC, PhD Duane Hamacher is a Lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at Nura Gili.

Left: Nura Gili’s Kat Henaway looking through the North Dome telescope at Sydney Observatory.


In 2013 archaeologists confirmed what many Torres Strait Islanders believe: the people of the Torres Strait have been living with turtles and dugong in both ritual and hunting contexts for millennia. To explore the unique cultural heritage and responsibilities Islanders have with turtles, Mabuyag Island Elder and linguist Dimple Bani, Badu Island artist George Nona, and academic Dr Felecia Watkin Lui were invited to Sydney. The Turtles of the Torres Strait Symposium was held on March 23 at the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney and explored the cultural use and responsibilities Islanders have to marine turtles. The symposium extended on the Islanders and Turtles component of the 19th taxidermy exhibition curated by Nura Gili lecturer Leah Lui-Chivizhe BA MSc. This exhibition is on at the Macleay Museum until the first of June, 2015.

To discover more read Leah’s blog: Saving turtles and respecting culture… it’s complicated here:

Leah Lui-Chivizhe UNSW (right) with Dr Felecia Watkin, JCU, Badu Island artist Mr George Nona and Mabuyag Island Elder and linguist, Adhi Dimple Bani.


“Ellen Van Neerven’s stunning debut book Heat and Light introduces an exciting new writer to the scene. Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2015, which is being announced the day after Ellen’s visit to UNSW, the story cycle in Heat and Light portrays several generations of an Aboriginal family wrestling with silences and tragedy but also affirming the enduring bonds with ancestors that give them strength and resilience. Van Neerven is an accomplished and innovative writer who ventures into a range of styles from storytelling to the invention of fabulist worlds, her stories of belonging, identity and desire are guaranteed to stay with you long after you turn the last page. Ellen will be in conversation with Australian literature specialist Elizabeth McMahon, editor of Southerly. Join us on Monday 20th April 2015 for these free events with Ellen Van Neervan: 12pm - 3pm Nura Gili Boardroom, UNSW : Special Workshop for UNSW students and staff. 6.30-8.30pm lo Myers Studio, UNSW : Ellen van Neerven in conversation with Elizabeth McMahon All Welcome To book please go to:


Graham and Joanne Russell: Educating tomorrow’s Indigenous business leaders Graham Russell (UNSW BCom ’65) and his wife Joanne have been supporting UNSW Business School students for over ten years. Through the Ena and Jack Russell scholarship, named after Graham’s parents, the couple has so far supported six Indigenous students to study business at UNSW. Now Graham and Joanne have established The Russell Family Scholarship endowment, ensuring that future generations of talented Indigenous students are able to reach their full potential at the UNSW Business School. The Russell Family Scholarship supports Indigenous students with a scholarship for the length of their undergraduate degree. Awarded to highly motivated and talented students, the scholarship ensures financial obstacles don’t prevent students from completing their business studies. “Receiving the Scholarship enabled me to cut down on work and really focus on my education,” says Ashley Walker, who graduated with a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Law degree in 2012. “The support provided by this scholarship was a crucial part of my progression from university student to junior lawyer in the corporate advisory team of Gilbert Tobin, one of Australia’s top commercial law firms.” Graham and Joanne have a long history of giving back to the community. For fifteen years, working with the St Vincent de Paul Society, they helped manage properties in eastern Sydney providing accommodation and other support to newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Asked why they established the scholarship, Graham says, “My mother and father encouraged me to go to university, and I was lucky enough to do so while I was working in the Commonwealth Public Service, with my fees paid by my employer. After my mother died, I wanted to use part of her estate to help others get a university education, particularly in my old faculty. After consultation with the faculty, we agreed to offer the scholarship to Indigenous students.” With the support of the Scholarship, Bachelor of Commerce student Makenzie Russell was able to relocate to Sydney to study business. “The Russell family have given me wonderful opportunities and opened doors to new and exciting experiences,” says Makenzie. “Graduating at the end of 2015 is very exciting as I step into a new chapter of my life. I’m hoping to build a career with my business degree within the sporting industry as this is an area I’m passionate about.” After completing her Bachelor of Commerce with the support of the Russell’s, Yanti Ropeyarn is now completing a Masters of Business Administration while tutoring Indigenous students at James Cook University. 18

As Yanti shares: "Words cannot express the generous hearts of Joanne and Graham Russell who I was fortunate enough to meet having being the recipient of the Ena and Jack Russell Scholarship whilst undertaking my bachelor of commerce studies at UNSW. Their support came at a crucial time. If it wasn't for their generous donation, I wouldn't be continuing my education now. One day I want to walk in their shoes and provide much needed support so others can excel in their field of interest." Joseph Masters is the most recent recipient of the Russell Family Scholarship. The 20 year-old, already working as a pilot with Jetstar, has begun his first semester of a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Aviation Management degree. The Russell Family Scholarship endowment will ensure that future generations of talented business leaders like Ashley, Makenzie, Yanti and Joseph have access to a world class education at the UNSW Business School. Left Graham and Joanne Russell with Professor Chris Styles Dean UNSW Business School

Brooke Robinson Alumni Communications Coordinator | Alumni Relations UNSW Business School


YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall “The most powerful artworks relating to war are those that use bold and evocative images to stir strong emotions. I have chosen the very confronting image of the bullets with some standing, and some fallen over, to tell a story” Tony Albert - Artist

The major artwork in Hyde Park South honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in our nation’s military and their families The artwork has the support of the Returned and Services League (NSW Branch) and the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council Image courtesy of Jeremy Heathcote Text courtesy of City of Sydney


Coloured Digger ANZAC March and Commemorative Service Every year, many of our students and staff from across UNSW volunteer and join in the ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service in Redfern Honouring our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen. We look forward to seeing many of you all again this year as we pay our respect for this special Centenary of Anzac – Indigenous Trackers. “The Redfern Aboriginal ANZAC Day Commemoration is held each year by Redfern’s Aboriginal community to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen and those who served in non-military support roles. We not only recognise the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. Respect is also paid every year to the women and other family members – and especially to the grandmothers, mothers, aunties and sistas - who kept our families and communities together while loved ones were away and after they returned. Everyone is affected by war. Some make the ultimate sacrifice - never to return. Some return but never recover. For them and their families, the effects of war linger years after their homecoming. Our communities never forgot our heroes and heroines who fought for Australia at home and abroad and those who for their Country in the Frontier Wars. The acts of bravery of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women have always been proudly recognised, respected and honoured by their families and the communities they represented. When we honor our servicemen and servicewomen we also acknowledge the spirit of genuine equality that lives in the armed forces. This spirit can guide our nation in this time of great change - if we heed the message. The Redfern Commemoration is a culturally appropriate remembrance service. It affirms community, family and mateship. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and nonIndigenous people come together at this event, which is held in the early afternoon to give people an opportunity to participate in the main Sydney march and other local ANZAC Day events.” Jeremy Heathcote Deputy Chairman, Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group Redfern


UNSW Australia has three campuses located in Kensington (main campus), Paddington (Art and Design) and Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy). The main campus is located in Bedegal country and situated near an 8000 year old campsite. This campsite was a place where the Indigenous people of that country would gather and meet to teach their culture, knowledge and stories to their next generation of leaders. In 1949, UNSW was established providing the opportunity to pave a long history of teaching and research excellence and to gain the reputation for graduating the brightest and most highly qualified students in the country. With nine prestigious and award winning faculties, over 300 undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs being taught and more than 50,000 students, from 120 countries, the campsite traditions of gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing are being carried from the past in to the present.

Prior to 2004 Nura Gili was known as the Aboriginal Education Program (AEP) and the Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre. The AEP was established to provide Indigenous Australians studying at UNSW with the support needed to fully succeed in their studies. With the increasing number of Indigenous Australian students enrolling at UNSW and the need for improved academic and student support services, the AEP and Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre merged and became Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. As a leader in Indigenous education, our purpose is to enrich Australia culturally and professionally. Nura Gili strives to enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities and individuals to engage in all aspects of Australian society - ensuring Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories are embedded in all aspects of the UNSW community. We provide a range of support services, Indigenous Studies programs and aspirational and pathway programs allowing us to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in academic and research excellence.

It’s important for us to provide a space that’s inspiring and creative, a space that will give you the best possible start to your higher education. In 2012, with the support of the Balnaves Foundation, we were able to build a state-of-the-art, central, innovative teaching and learning facility located in the heart of UNSW. At Balnaves Place, you will have 24 hour access to modern facilities with the most up to date technology, free printing facilities and private rooms for group and individual study in a calm and relaxing environment. Our centre has been designed for you.


Nura Gili News: If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata B.Ed Hons PhD Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: - Prof Nakata's Webpage

If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and/or contact us: Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit Balnaves Place, Lower GrounDFloor Electrical Engineering Building UNSW Australia NSW 2052 Email: General Enquiries;+61 2 9385 3805

Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

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Nura Gili News Edition 19 April 2015  

With our Nura Gili UNSW students on their mid Semester break and many others enjoying the school holidays I hope everyone has had some time...

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