The Eora Journey is one of the City of Sydney’s major cultural projects that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture. Eora means ‘the people’ in the Gadigal language, so the Eora Journey is ‘the people’s journey’.

Guided by the City of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel of local community members, the Eora Journey has four distinct pillars:

  • Recognition in the public domain thorugh public art with seven major public art projects to be delivered;
  • An Aboriginal Knowledge and Cultural Centre
  • A major annual event
  • An economic development plan which will cement our support of the community into the future.

Art curator and writer Hetti Perkins and architect Julie Cracknell were appointed by the City in 2010 to undertake an international review of cultural interpretation to help guide the development of the recognition in the public domain program.

You can visit the first of the seven public art works on the corner of Caroline and Hugo Streets in Redfern. Welcome to Redfern it is a striking new mural from Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie covering a terrace in Redfern which will be transformed into a ‘living museum’.

Visit the CityArt website to find out more about the Eora Journey, or watch the video below.

Barani (Yesterday)

Barani means yesterday in the original Gadigal language. The Barani website incorporates the cultural mapping research that is helping us inform the Eora Journey, as well as providing a reliable source of information about the places, people and history of Aboriginal Sydney.

In 2011 the City published the free booklet, Barani / Barrabugu (Yesterday / Tomorrow), a guide that showcases the history and culture of Aboriginal Sydney through more than 60 sites around the city. This was the result of two years of extensive research by the City’s History Unit and Aboriginal curator Steve Miller, under the guidance of the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel.

The Barani / Barrabugu guide enriches our understanding of Sydney’s many layers of history. Pick up a free booklet at a library or tourist kiosk and visit some of the sites in one of the four journeys.