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Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys

Event Information

  • 20 Sep 2010 2:30pm - 12 Dec 2010 1:30pm
  • Mitchell Library, Macquarie St
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Gallery entrance fee

Exciting new research has revealed the significant role Aboriginal men, and some women, played in Australia’s early maritime history. The focus of this exhibition is the Eora and Darug people from the Sydney area, who sailed on English ships through Port Jackson to destinations in Australia and throughout the world during the period 1790-1855. Theirs was a canoe culture and they called these ships mari nawi meaning ‘large canoes’.

Curated by the acknowledged authority, Dr Keith Vincent Smith, Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys will feature rarely seen oil paintings, journals, letters, maps, sketches, objects and rare printed books drawn from collections throughout Australia.