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Contrary to what many may believe, the local Aboriginal people of Sydney did not lose their culture and die out within decades of European colonisation. So what happened to Sydney’s indigenous people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later?

Paul Irish’s Hidden in Plain View shows that although they were ignored in the historical record, Aboriginal people did not, in fact, disappear. Living on their own terms, they maintained a strong bond with the coast and its resources.

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts host historian Dr Paul Irish as he discusses his new book, and the process of piecing together the Aboriginal history of coastal Sydney with help from the Indigenous community, shedding light on a poorly understood period of Sydney’s history.

When: Tuesday 20 June 2017, 12:30-1:30pm.
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.
Cost: Free – no bookings required.
Contact: or 02 9266 0778

Image courtesy Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.