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

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Books, Reports & Papers

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. 

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

A thematic history of the Aboriginal people in the Illawarra area, south of Sydney, from 1770 to 1970. It covers the period from just before European invasion to the evolution of the late 20th-century Aboriginal political institutions. Includes several maps that show areas of historical and contemporary significance to Aboriginal people, and identifies sites that are of local or statewide significance.

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

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

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

A book about Aboriginal people's use of plants and animals in the Illawarra area, south of Sydney. The title means animal food (Murni), plant food (Dhungang) and fur (Jirrar) in Dharawal language. The book includes interviews with Aboriginal people, combined with extensive background research. It explores the spiritual and economic significance of various Illawarra environments - to the Aboriginal people of the Illawarra. Includes artwork by our own Lorraine Brown.

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

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

The peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven and great supporters of Coomaditchie.

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

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

Various departments and researchers and supported and facilitated the work of Coomaditchie Research papers relating to aboriginal culture, country and history in the Illawarra held in the UOW library archives and written by academics at the University are valuable resources.

One of Australia's largest regional art museums, the Wollongong Art Gallery collects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artefacts to demonstrate the geographic and cultural diversity of Indigenous Australians. The Fine Gallery of contemporary Aboriginal art is one of the most significant in an Australian regional gallery. The gallery has purchased work by Coomaditchie artists.

The Community Services 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.

Coordinate and project manage public art across the city and provide 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.

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

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

Stories shared by Frances Bodkin (Aunty Fran).

News items and stories from around the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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