Topics: People: Political leaders: North Coastal

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1844 - view

Queen Cora Gooseberry is drawn by Charles Rodius as she camps with her family on the footpath outside The Cricketer’s Arms hotel at corner of Pitt and Market Streets Sydney. She is also known as One Eyed Poll and and Onion-head from the way she wore her hair high on her head. She survives her husband Bungaree by 20 years. She makes a living by begging outside the hotel where the publican gives her a room to sleep in.

1845 - view

According to correspondence from Howard, Maria and Bowen have a son and two daughters all baptised at St Mary’s Church Sydney.

1880s - view

Marriage of Hannah Matilda Ashby to Henry Stanford Boyd. These descendants of Bungaree have many children including Jean Boyd and Matilda Ellen Boyd.

1900s - view

Birth of Marie Robinson, daughter of Matilda Ellen, descendants of Bungaree and Matora. Jean Boyd marries Edward Smith. Their children include Reta Smith and Lynette Smith (Robley).

1938 - view

Indigenous leaders William Cooper, William Ferguson, Jack Patten and Pearl Gibbs declare Australia Day 26 January a “day of mourning”. The Aborigines Progressive Association publishes a manifesto ‘Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights’. Guringai and other Sydney peoples attend the public meetings in the city.

1959 - view

FCAA and the Indigenous leader Pearl Gibbs (born in Botany) campaign for civil rights.

1960s - view

Birth of Tracey Howie (nee Robinson), Wendy Robinson, Yvette Walker nee Robinson and Wayne Robinson, Trudy Smith nee Robley, Brian Robley, Michael Dudley, Sharon Cartwright nee Robinson, Kevin and Michael Robinson (descendants of Bungaree).

1961 - view

Pearl Gibbs works with FCAATSI to remove discrimination against Indigenous patients in hospitals.

1978 - view

Julie Hendicott, an Indigenous woman from Stradbroke Island, arrives on Northern Beaches and goes on to work as an Aged Care Professional Case Manager.

1980s - view

Lois Birk is employed at the Royal Far West Children’s Home as Aboriginal Co-Ordinator. She then moves to Fisher Road Special School.

1990 - view

A Land Rights claim initiated by Susan Moylan-Coombs is made over land with Koori rock engravings at Wahroonga between the F3 motorway and Curtin Ave.

1993 - view

Establishment of Cooee Classic surf contests from Black Rock to Manly by Virginia Gow and Caroline Glass-Pattison, Lois Birk and others.

2000 - view

Guringai festivals commence with leadership of Susan Moylan-Coombs and Warringah Council.

2000 - view

Guringai festivals commence with leadership of Susan Moylan-Coombs and Warringah Council.

2000 - view

Susan Moylan-Coombs and Caroline Glass-Pattison are prime workers in the establishment of an annual Aboriginal festival on North side, the Guringai festival. They also are active with Virginia Gow in establishing NAIDOC week celebrations on Northern Beaches.

2009 - view

Susan Moylan-Coombs and Caroline Glass-Pattison, Co-Chairs, Guringai Festival Committee. Susan says: “We hope locals and the wider community enjoy this year’s Guringai Festival and all the events it has to offer across the Northern Sydney region, the traditional homelands of the Guringai people,”

2009 - view

Caroline Glass-Pattison is an Indigenous woman who works as a Community Development Officer at the Benevolent Society. She says “I believe in social justice and linking Aboriginal people to each other.” She works on the Social plan with Susan Moylan Coombs.

2009 - view

Lois Birk gives an acknowledgement of country at the Northern Beaches Annual General Meeting of the Aboriginal education Consultative Group. She says “We acknowledge that we are on Guringai country at Stoney Range Reserve, Dee Why. We will listen to each other. We walk softly and gently and pay homage to Indigenous people of all nations. We respect the spirits of this place”.