Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Port Macquarie & Wauchope / Biripi

Welcome to Country

Uncle Bill O’Brien mixes the Birpai language with English to welcome you to his country, Birpai Country. In doing so, Uncle Bill asks you to respect the ocean, land, rivers and other natural delights as this respect ensures the health of our country and its people. Enjoy the words of Uncle Bill and engage with his desire to ensure the cultural continuation of Birpai people. To get the best experience in Port Macquarie head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Bill O’Brien for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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The legend of the Three Brothers

The Three Brothers is a published story adapted from the oral testimony of Aunty Marion Hampton. Uncle Bill O’Brien narrates this story that brings knowledge to how three brothers formed the three peaks of a mountain that exists within Birpai Country. You’ll be transfixed by this story that encompasses many spiritual and moral elements of Birpai culture. To get the best experience in Port Macquarie head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Bill O’Brien for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Cobwebs

Cobwebs is a published story adapted from the oral testimony of Aunty Pat Preece. Uncle Bill O’Brien, a Birpai Elder, narrates an eloquent portrayal of how one important facet of Birpai culture has been passed down through many generations. The story describes how cobwebs are used for medicinal and healing purposes by Birpai people. For spectacular views of the idyllic Nobby’s and Flynn’s beaches, follow the GPS.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Bill O’Brien for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Birpai people

Nathan Moran, Former CEO of Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, describes the borders of Birpai Country as well as the spoken language. Nathan delves into the activities and travel of the Old People and how their travel depended upon the seasons. Nathan describes the first contact between Birpai people and European newcomers in 1818 and how Birpai people viewed the colonisers. To get the best experience in Port Macquarie head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

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

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Unique and historical images

Between 1910-1923, Thomas Dick took a series of photographs of Aboriginal people in the Port Macquarie area. Neil Morcome, Charlie Murray and Peter Budge are among many Aboriginal people photographed by Thomas Dick depicting Aboriginal people and culture at the time of contact with Europeans. Former CEO of Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, Nathan Moran describes these photographs and their importance to Birpai people today. To get the best experience in Port Macquarie head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Family Stakeholder Group of the Thomas Dick photographic collection and the Australian Museum Archives. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to Nathan Moran for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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