Aboriginal people have watched the ancient landscape of Sydney and Paddington evolve over thousands of years and generations. The rich archaeological and historical record of the harbour allows us to recreate something of how Aboriginal people used Kogerah – as they called Rushcutters Bay – and its Paddington hinterland in the centuries before Europeans arrived. As a resilient and innovative community they continued to adapt their lives, co-existing around Rushcutters Bay until the turn of the twentieth century. Paul Irish will open your eyes to the Rushcutters Bay Aboriginal settlement and the impact of colonisation on Australia’s First Nation peoples in Paddington.
Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with Coast History & Heritage, and has a long-standing interest in the Aboriginal history of Sydney. He recently published the book “Hidden in Plain View: the Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney”.