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Spring 2022 eNewsletter Issue 11

Presidents Messages and Updates

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Naidoc Flag Raising

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Yaegl Elders Portrait Exhibition 
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            Aunty Lois Birk                                        Aunty Veronica Pearce                        Aunty Lenore Parker

NAIDOC Week 2022 opened with a great ceremony at Yamba Museum on Monday 4th July.  A gathering of Yaegl Elders, Museum volunteers and the general public celebrated the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal culture.

MC and renowned Yaegl artist Frances Belle-Parker hosted the event, encouraging Elders to speak on this joyous occasion. Her opening words called for change: “We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism - we must do it together.”


Frances also acknowledged those guests who had led change, “the heroes and champions of

change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.” Many of these champions featured in the photographic Yaegl Elders Portrait Exhibition ‘Keeping Our Stories’ in the Old Kirk in July,.

Society President Lesley Pickering proudly informed the crowd of the Museum’s efforts in getting the installation of a second flagpole for the Aboriginal flag and gave a brief description of the flag’s history and its symbolic significance. The inaugural hoisting of the Aboriginal flag at Yamba Museum, flying proudly in the Yaegl Cultural Garden, was managed by Auntie Elizabeth and Ferline Laurie, with Councilor Karen Toms and Lesley supporting.

This respectful event created a comradery and joyous recognition of culture, none more so than the acapella song sung in Yaegl by Kerri McLeay.

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         Kay Cottee aboard 'First Lady'

Kay Cottee Inspiring Stories 

Remarkable - Stories of Australians and their boats


Australia's history is populated with maritime related stories. With over 1,000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the water.  This exhibition presented some of those stories, exploring the remarkable connections between people and their boats.


Remarkable, created by the Australian Maritime Museums Council (AMMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum, provides an opportunity for regional audiences to hear national and local stories.


From the 34 stories nominated by maritime museums and heritage institutions around Australia, 12 of the most compelling stories were selected to feature in the exhibition. Including local identities and boating stories etched into our Clarence River history.


"After a period of drought, bushfire, Covid-19 and floods the chance for regional communities to enhance a national exhibition with their own content is a great opportunity for outreach and community development.  It gives affected communities the chance to share their stories both locally and nationally", said Tanya Bush, Acting Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum.


Woven into this exhibition are local heroes, including Kay Cottee, and boating stories of the Clarence River. Kay generously gave two well attended talks about her epic solo voyage. Kay donated the ticket fare to the Museum.


Remarkable -Stories of Australians and their boats is on an 18-month national tour across regional Australia. All 34 submitted Remarkable stories are available now on the AMCC website in a digital archive at Blog Posts.


The project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Vision of Australia program.


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Mystery Item

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Last months mystery item revealed:             

                                                                       The asthma puffer dates back to 1889 and one was recently for sale on line for                                                                  $420.  It sprayed a mixture containing cocaine up your nose for asthma relief. 
                                                          Sounds like it gave you temporary relief!!

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Dr John Jackson has generously donated his time to lead a full day excursion to explore the geology of the Red Cliff and Brooms Head area. This event, held on Friday 9th September, booked out quickly. However, Dr Jackson is looking at further excursions. If you are interested please put your name of a list with Anne Dinham,


The bus will leave Yamba at 10:30 sharp, please be at the museum no later than 10:15am. First stop will be Red Cliff where we will walk around while Dr Jackson explains the geological formations, rocks, and history of the Tasman Sea. The bus will leave this area at 12:30 then onto the Brooms Head Kiosk opposite the beach for a lunch break. Members are able to purchase their lunch (their hamburger's are famous!) Option to bring your own picnic. Another walk will take place before the bus leaves for Yamba at 3-3:30pm.


Please wear covered walking shoes and if you are unsteady on your feet we suggest a hiking pole or the like.

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New Displays under Construction
The Yaegl Display.
Gai is working with the Yaegl Elders to create a
timeline for the Yamba area and record more recent
Yaegl historic activities. 
Pictured below is the gathering of the 2015 Determination.

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Warwick Hoad is leading the long awaited
surfing stories including internationally
known local personalities such as David
'Baddie' Treloar.

The Sea dreamer
There are plans to remove the skiff from the river room and replace it with the model of the Sea dreamer and other information to the trawlers. The skiff will be relocated and secured on the concrete slab outside the shed.
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“WATER COUNTRY”  an Exhibition of work by Clarence Valley artist's Graham Mackie and Fiona Nicholls was held throughout April and proved to be one of the most successful exhibits to date.

Graham, whose abode is in the upper reaches of the Clarence and Mann Rivers, expresses a deep connection to the ‘island’ and its river systems.

Fiona, explores coast, Lord Howe Island, and themes of salt water with a little bit of desert.  A love of sailing, free-diving and surfing/paddle boarding as constant inspiration.  Fiona had resided on Lord Howe for a number of years where she developed a true connection to her surrounds. 

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                     Fiona Nicholls                                                                           

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Welcome New Members

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