Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Port Stephens

This booklet records the stories of 6 Aboriginal Women from the Port Stephens region on the mid-north coast of NSW and describes the cultural attachment Aboriginal women have to their local landscape.

1 June 2004
Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW)
  • ISBN 1-74137-0663
  • ID DEC20040058
  • File PDF 4.4MB
  • Pages 59
  • Name aboriginal-womens-heritage-port-stephens-040058.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.

The Aboriginal Elders talks about life and growing up around Port Stephens. The stories centre on Karuah and Soldiers Point near Nelson Bay and describe an idyllic existence where fishing, swimming and playing in the bush were everyday occurrences. They recount how their parents protected them from the realities of the outside world, keeping them safe during a time when the Aborigines Welfare Board was active.

Other booklets in this series include:

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Ballina and Cabbage Tree Island
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: Wollongong.

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