Wiradjuri Ngurambang Exhibition

Gawaymbanha, Yindyamarra-gu ngindhu Yindyamarra-gu ngadhu Yindyamarra-gu nginyalgir. Yinaagalang-bu gibirbang-bu

Gawaymbanha-du nginyalgir Wiradjuri-gu ngurambang-gu. Wiradjuri mayiny gadhaang nginyalgir nginha yanhayi. Mandang guwu.

Welcome, respect to you respect to me respect to you all. Ladies and Gentlemen also I welcome you all to Wiradjuri country. Wiradjuri people are happy you all here have come. Thank you.

Our Wiradjuri Ngurambang (Country) covers a large area of the inland region of New South Wales bounded by the three bila (rivers) Wambuul (Macquarie), Galari (Lachlan) and Marrambidya (Murrumbidgee). The Shire of Parkes sits north of the Galari Bila. We the Wiradjuri, known as people of the three rivers, have lived here since the Dreamtime or more than 60,000 years.

Our Ancestors lived in harmony with the seasonal cycles of the natural environment. They respected the fertile land that provided consistent food supplies including seeds, grasses and fruits that were supplemented by hunting kangaroos, possums, birds and emus. Their gathering places were along the rivers, creeks and billabongs that provided water, fish and turtles, and can still be seen today with rock formations and scar trees.

First documented contact with Europeans took place in the early 1800s and ultimately resulted in the loss of our language and cultural traditions, dispersal of our family groups to reserves and missions, and the removal of our children through different government policies.

Our Wiradjuri and First Nation cultures continue to reveal the connections stretching further back in time than previously thought. There is a growing understanding of the immense value of, and respect for our culture and knowledge as one of the oldest on planet Earth.

We need to ensure the protection of our culture, connecting past with the present and future generations. The Wiradjuri Ngurambang exhibition brings together artefacts found in the local area, representations of weaving, stories and images to showcase and share Wiradjuri Ngurambang to our community and visitors.

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Our Story

This Wiradjuri Ngurambang exhibition is a cultural gift to the Parkes Shire community, making visible a strong Wiradjuri history and future. Its development has been overseen by a curatorium ensuring that First Nations voices and understandings have guided this cultural display. The curatorial committee has included:

  • Robert Clegg, Geoff Anderson, Rhonda Sharpe and Irene Ridgeway who have supported the selection of Wiradjuri artefacts and provided valuable cultural and language advice
  • Margot Jolly (Museum Consultant) who has provided collections management & display advice
  • Kerryn Jones (Cultural, Education & Library Services Manager) and Ali Standen (Brand & Corporate Communications Specialist) who have provided project management.
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Pictured (left to right):

Back Row: Margot Jolly, Geoff Anderson and Ali Standen

Front Row: Rob Clegg, Irene Ridgeway, Ronda Sharpe and Kerryn Jones.

Exhibition Acknowledgements

The Wiradjuri Ngurambang exhibition is proudly funded by the Australian Government's Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Program. This project is part of Museums & Galleries NSW's Let's Get Digital initiative, proudly supported by  the NSW Government through Create NSW as part of Arts Restart.

The Henry Parkes Museum has generously supported this exhibition with the loan of First Nations artefacts.

Ceremonies and Stories

Ceremonies and Stories Wiradjuri stories maintain the connections between people, sky, water, earth and the creator spirits, such as Biyaami (Baiame) the spiritual creator. Ceremony […]

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Living with the Land

Living with the Land Traditionally Wiradjuri did not own land but were responsible for taking care of Country. The Wiradjuri people lived by actively farming […]

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Stone Tools

Stone Tools Wiradjuri manufactured a range of stone tools providing evidence of tens of thousands of years of our occupation in the Parkes area. As […]

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Wiradjuri Language

Wiradjuri Language It is estimated that 12,000 people spoke the Wiradjuri language prior to white colonisation. Due to the effects of colonisation the Wiradjuri language […]

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Wooden Tools and Weapons

Wooden Tools and Weapons All wooden tools were either made from the available local resources or traded.  The hard wood of casuarina, wattle, blackwood, and […]

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References

References Print: Grant, S (Snr) & Rudder, J (2010) A New Wiradjuri Dictionary. Restoration House, ACT Greenwood, P (2013) Land of the Wiradjuri. Riverina Environmental […]

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Wiradjuri Ngurambang – Past Present Future

Wiradjuri Ngurambang – Past Present Future The digital component of Wiradjuri Ngurambang complements the display and provides an introduction to Wiradjuri culture. The powerful word […]

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