Gai-mariagal Festival 2024

A Celebration of the Oldest Living Culture on the Planet
26th May to 14th July 2024

Gai-mariagal Festival 2024 - Northern Sydney Region - Incredible Elders

 13 June 2024 | 11:30am to 12:30pm

Incredible Elders

Celebrate Gai-mariagal Festival with Darug women Karen Smith as she presents a multimedia talk on her famous ancestors.

Join us for an exciting look into some fascinating and immersive yarns, drawn from First Fleet Diaries and historical documents.
One of Karen's famous ancestors includes the incredible elder Maria Locke, an Aboriginal landowner during colonial times as well as for her educational achievements.
This talk will also include a small painting exhibition of Maria Locke by Indigenous artist Leanne Tobin.

About the presenter

Karen is the Aboriginal Heritage Education Officer in the North Shore. She has shared her knowledge and experience of the local area and Aboriginal history and culture with thousands of local residents, and leads guided walks and provides talks and presentations throughout the partner councils in northern Sydney.

From the Buruberongal clan of the Derrubin (or Hawskebury) area, Karen and her family have been living in the Manly area for many years. She has also been awarded the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship for her work and commitment in the protection and education of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

  • Event cost:  Free

Event Location - Stanton Library

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Stanton Library
234 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060



We acknowledge the original custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the Northern Sydney Region.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.