Culture and heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nepean

Seven Aboriginal women from areas surrounding the Nepean River in Sydney’s south west, contributed to this publication and took part in a project instigated by OEH  in an effort to raise the profile of Aboriginal women in New South Wales.

The seven Aboriginal women in Aboriginal Women’s Heritage: Nepean, tell their own life stories. They tell about the changes they have seen over the years, the chores they had to do when they were young, and the daily routines. They tell about growing their own fruit and vegetables and eating whatever they grew or caught to supplement the family’s diet.

The women grew up in an era when they were not encouraged to talk about their Aboriginality. They talk about the education they received; some good, some not so good and leaving school to work at a young age. Most of the Aboriginal women in the story had to work from a very young age to earn money to add to the family income and household, whether it was work in an office, in a factory or at cleaning.

The common link between the women’s stories is their desire to teach and encourage young people to learn about Aboriginal culture and to make the public aware of what it was like to be an Aboriginal woman in the nineteen forties and fifties. The stories the Aboriginal women tell are told in the hope that they can educate future generations.

This book is the tenth in a series of publications focused on Aboriginal women’s heritage across the state of New South Wales.

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