Yura Nura: People & Country

Yura Nura: People and Country presents contemporary Aboriginal reflections on the history of Sydney and colonisation.

The relationship between the British and Aboriginal peoples largely began around Warrane (Sydney Cove) on the site where the first Government House was built and the Museum of Sydney now stands (near present-day Circular Quay). From its construction in 1788 to its demolition in 1845, the first Government House was the centre of colonial power in Australia. Imposing British law on Aboriginal people, orders were issued and multiple governing documents were signed within its walls that had, and continue to have, direct impact on Indigenous people across Australia.

This display provides a glimpse into the complex relationship between this significant site and Aboriginal people, culture and land, then and now. Arrernte/Kalkadoon filmmaker Rachel Perkins’ award-winning documentary First Australians explores key events in the early years of the colony and includes personal reflections on the impacts still felt by Aboriginal people today. Three artworks by Gordon Syron, a Worimi/Biripi man from the mid-north coast of NSW, offer a contemporary artistic interpretation of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788 and its continuing legacy.

Dragonflies, Meahala Langlo-Brown, 2022

Coomaditchie: lagoon stories

These panels detail the ecological life in and around Coomaditchie Lagoon

The mission, Lorraine Brown, 2007

Coomaditchie: of place

These works record the extraordinary arc the artists of Coomaditchie have travelled over more than three decades

Coomaditchie Lagoon

Coomaditchie: the art of place

The works of the Coomaditchie artists speak of life in and around the settlement of Coomaditchie, its history, ecology and local Dreaming stories

Digital scan of sculptural panel

Cast in cast out: recasting fragments of memory

An in-depth look at Dennis Golding's experiences and childhood memories of growing up in ‘The Block’