Aboriginal Womens Heritage: Ballina and Cabbage Tree Island

This booklet records the stories of 12 Aboriginal Women from Cabbage Tree Island and Ballina on the NSW north coast, and describes the cultural attachment Aboriginal women have to their local landscape.

1 December 2007
Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW
  • ISBN 978-1-74122-593-8
  • ID DECC20070464
  • File PDF 4.5MB
  • Pages 86
  • Name aboriginal-womens-heritage-ballina-cabbage-tree-island-070464.pdf


This booklet is one of a series that records the stories Aboriginal women in New South Wales. The booklets were part of a project designed to raise the profile of the unique historical experiences of Aboriginal women. The series won the 'cultural heritage' category of the Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards in 2005.

In this publication each of the women reminisce about their childhood and about their working lives as domestic servants and factory workers in the inner city suburbs of Brisbane and Sydney.

Their accounts describe the community spirit found between the various families that once lived on the island during a time when life was hard and limited for Aboriginal people. Their stories tell about how their parents protected them from the realities of the outside world, keeping them safe during a time when the Aborigines Welfare Board was a constant threat to Aboriginal families.

Other booklets in this series include:

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Bourke
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Brungle and Tumut
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nambucca
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nepean
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nowra
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Port Stephens
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Wollongong.


Some of these booklets were evaluated in the Aboriginal Heritage and Wellbeing publication.