Twilight walk explores Aboriginal history

Twilight walk explores Aboriginal history

This Seniors Festival, over-55s are invited to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait history and culture on a free twilight walking tour of Redfern.

Aboriginal elder Donna Ingram will lead the tour from Redfern Community Centre, tell stories and discuss the history of the precinct’s significant landmarks such as The Block, the former Black Theatre, Aboriginal Dance Theatre, and Jarjum College.

The tour is the latest in a series of City of Sydney after-dinner walking events showcasing Sydney as a great place for older residents to explore on foot.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said walking around Redfern was the best way to experience the area’s strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“A walking tour is a great opportunity to learn about the original owners of our land, the oldest living culture in the world, and their ongoing contribution to our city,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We want seniors to feel welcome and engaged in our diverse city. The after-dinner walking groups are a great opportunity for over-55s to meet new friends, get out and about confidently in the evening and discover local art and creativity.”

The walking tour focuses on the social and political history of Redfern, regarded as the epicentre of Aboriginal activism and one that still plays a big role in Aboriginal people’s connection to their identity.

Tour leader Donna Ingram said the walk offered a unique perspective into one of the City’s most diverse suburbs.

“It’s about showing the positive things the community is doing and promoting Redfern’s strong spirit,” Ms Ingram said.

“The area has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years. These days there are organic cafés, wine bars and new apartments going up all over the place.

“But with all the gentrification, there’s also the risk that Redfern could lose its identity. That’s one of the reasons I started these tours. A huge part of what makes Redfern interesting and diverse is its Aboriginal history. It’s really important people are aware of this history.

“When we get to The Block, I emphasise the key role that Redfern has played in the Aboriginal rights movement.”

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Bridget Ahern, phone (02) 9265 9753, mobile 0423 505 854 or email bahern@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson, Phone 0499 319 385 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au