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Below are links to helpful resources.

These include organisations that support Coomaditchie and our work.

We are grateful for their support.


Coomaditchie Resources


A glossary of the symbols used by Coomaditchie artists in their paintings

Books, Reports & Papers

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Wollongong

This booklet records the stories of 9 Aboriginal women from the south coast region of NSW and describes the cultural attachment Aboriginal women have to their local landscape. Lorraine Brown is featured.


A collaborative work by Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs, artist Deborah Lennis, Dharawal Elder Aunty Beryl Timbery-Beller and Dharawal spokesperson Merv Ryan. The story of the Dharawal speaking people of Southern Sydney.

A History of Aboriginal Illawarra: Volume 1 Before Colonisation

The people that lived in Illawarra long before the lake that bears this name existed, came over several millennia to comprise two major groups, Dharawal and Dhurga. This volume explores the Dreaming and the Law; Land, Forests, Middens; Totems; Fire
Art; and Knowledge, Power and Healing.

A History of Aboriginal Illawarra: Volume 2 Colonisation

The people that lived in Illawarra long before the lake that bears this name existed, came over several millennia to comprise two major groups, Dharawal and Dhurga. This volume explores the impact of colonisation on the lives and country of the Dharawal and Dhurga Aboriginal peoples.

A History of the Aboriginal People of the Illawarra 1770 to 1970

A thematic history of the Aboriginal people in the Illawarra area from 1770 to 1970. It includes several maps that show areas of historical and contemporary significance to Aboriginal people, and identifies sites that are of local or statewide significance.

Illawarra Aboriginal Community Profile

A snapshot of an urban Aboriginal community. A report by the University of Wollongong Indigenous Multi-Disciplinary Health Research Coalition.

Illawarra and South Coast Aborigines 1770-1850

A three-part documentary history of the Illawarra and South Coast Aborigines 1770-1850, including a chronological blibliography covering the period 1770-1990.

Murni Dhungang Jirrar - Living in the Illawarra

A book about Aboriginal people's use of plants and animals in the Illawarra area. It includes interviews with Aboriginal people, combined with extensive background research. and explores the spiritual and economic significance of various Illawarra environments to the local Aboriginal people and includes artwork by our own Lorraine Brown.

Noogaleek: Belonging to me, an Aboriginal oral history

This book contains "glimpses" of the oral history of Aboriginal people living in the Illawarra area: Joan Wakeman, Lou Duren, Bill Holmes, Katherine Holmes, Dolly Henry, Fred Moore, Charles Duren, Jim Davis, David Brown, Mary Davis, Linda Davis, Heather Ball, Dorothy Tungai, Irene Maran, Pearl Brown, Margaret Hayles, Joyce Donovan, Roy Kennedy, Kay Maher, Shirley Gadd, Jane Tighe, Esme Cruse, Margrett Gilson.

Unique Practices of Coomaditchie Artists: Keeping culture alive through public art

A qualitative study to explore the art-making practices of and public artworks produced by artists from the Coomaditichie Artist Cooperative.

Illawarra Aboriginal Community Profile


Community Industry Group

Formerly the Illawarra Forum, the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. They are great supporters of Coomaditchie.

Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of Aboriginal people in the Illawarra.

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council is the peak Aboriginal community organisation with regard to land, culture and heritage for the region.

Ngarruwan Ngadju

An Indigenous-led health and wellbeing research centre located within the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong.

TAFE Illawarra

TAFE Illawarra has over many years, worked with Coomaditchie on various projects and supported our community.

University of Wollongong

Various departments and researchers support & facilitate the work of Coomaditchie. Research papers relating to Aboriginal culture, country and history in the Illawarra are held in the UOW library archives. Written by academics at the University they are valuable resources.

Wollongong Art Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery's collection of contemporary Aboriginal Art is one of the most significant in an Australian regional gallery. The gallery has purchased and exhibited work by Coomaditchie artists.

Wollongong City Council - Community

The Community division of Council works closely with residents, groups and organisations on a range of projects and initiatives and has supported and facilitated the work of Coomaditchie.

Wollongong City Council - Public Art

Council coordinates and project manages public art across the city and provides advice to businesses and organisations interested in implementing public art projects. They have been instrumental in supporting Coomaditchie involvement in public artworks throughout our Local Government Area.


ABC Indigenous Portal

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander stories from around the ABC & around Australia

Aboriginal History of the Illawarra

A class website created by a local teacher, this site includes many helpful links and resources.

Common Ground

Common Ground is a First Nations-led not-for-profit working to shape a society that centres First Nations people by amplifying knowledge, cultures and stories.

Dharawal Dictionary

Dictionary of the D’harawal Language with grammatical notes: compiled by Gavin Andrews, Frances Bodkin and Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews

Dharawal Dreaming Stories

Stories shared by Frances Bodkin (Aunty Fran).

Dharawal Words

A reference for learning about Dharawal language and culture.

Website designed to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Government policies and programs and raise awareness about the initiatives that affect them most.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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