Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Coffs Coast / Gumbaynggirr

Ferguson’s Cottage

Local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Sue Hoskins describes the importance of Ferguson’s Cottage and how it has been a cornerstone in the lives of many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people for over 50 years. Aunty Sue demonstrates the continual interconnectedness of people, land and knowledge that is so important to Aboriginal culture. To learn more about this amazing coastline and its rich uncrowded landscape, visit the Coffs Coast Information Centre where they can provide you with 101 things to do and see.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Sue Hoskins for her time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Creating our own fun

Sharing a laugh along the way, local Elders, Aunty Marie Tarplee and Aunty Sue Hoskins reflect on the types of activities they indulged in as children to have fun and entertain themselves. Tune in and share a laugh with Aunty Sue and Aunty Marie! To learn more about this amazing coastline and its rich uncrowded landscape, visit the Coffs Coast Information Centre where they can provide you with 101 things to do and see.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Sue Hoskins for her time, commitment and for sharing
the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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The black car

During the time of the Stolen Generation, many Aboriginal children were removed from their families by the Australian government. Aunty Marie Tarplee describes what life was like for the children who were stolen from their families. To learn more about this amazing coastline and its rich uncrowded landscape, visit the Coffs Coast Information Centre where they can provide you with 101 things to do and see.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Marie Tarplee for her time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Sacred sites across the land

Uncle Mark Flanders is a proud Gumbaynggirr man and a very active community member. Uncle Mark has a passion for protecting and gaining knowledge from the Aboriginal heritage and culture that surrounds us. In this story Uncle Mark describes the different types of Aboriginal heritage sites and why they are so important. To experience more local Aboriginal Stories visit, Giidany Miirlarl (Mutton Bird Island) where you can learn about the significance of the island to the traditional owners

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Uncle Mark Flanders for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Night Spirits

Spirituality is a major facet in the daily lives of Aboriginal people. Aunty Marie Tarplee and Aunty Sue Hoskins describe how their lives have been shaped by inter-generational stories of spirits and ‘gundjis’ (night ghosts) that frequent the Coffs Harbour area. Tune in to find out why they were scared to stay out in the dark! To learn more about this amazing coastline and its rich uncrowded landscape, visit the Coffs Coast Information Centre where they can provide you with 101 things to do and see.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Sue Hoskins and Marie Tarplee for their time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Life in the 50’s

Aunty Sue Hoskins and Aunty Marie Tarplee agree that their childhood was full of great times and fun activities. Tune in to find out why they have such fond memories of their childhoods in Coffs Harbour. Demonstrating resourcefulness and initiative, Aunty Sue and Aunty Marie describe the ‘Old Camp’ and how they made money by collecting raw materials. Want to learn about traditional Aboriginal bush tucker, medicines and weapons, well take a walk around the Aboriginal plant trail at the Botanical Gardens.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Sue Hoskins and Marie Tarplee for their time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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