Michael Sagan, October 28th to 30th
Opening Night Friday 28th October 7pm
“Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within”
– Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920- 1993)
For most Australians he is unknown. I didn’t learn about him at school. It wasn’t until I read the Builders’ Labourers’ Songbook that I learned about this Eora leader, a Bidjigal born in Kamay (present day Botany Bay).
This exhibition will attempt to illustrate key events from Pemulwuy’s story of resistance to the British colonialists. He was able to travel the Eora lands with ease using canoes (noweys) along the water ways. From Botany Bay to Parramatta and Toongabbie in a matter of days he surprised the colonialists with his sudden appearance.
The time has come to recognise Pemulwuy widely as a patriot and hero who resisted invasion and the depredations of colonialism.
– Michael Sagan
Eric Wilmot writes
“Until recently (1987), Pemulwuy’s name has never appeared in white Australian history, yet his name lives on in the unpublished records of his enemies and the minds of Aboriginal-Australians”
“The name Pemulwuy means earth: man of the earth. He was born around 1756 and lived in the second half of the eighteenth century. He led the Eora in the first response to the British invasion and fought the British for twelve long years until his death in 1802. Pemulwuy’s history is part of the history of Australia.”