Topics: People: Community leaders: North Coastal

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1940s - view

Gai-mariagal people are living at Narrabeen Lakes on what is now the NSW Sports Centre. The community includes relatives of Dennis Foley. In the 1950s Dennis visits Narrabeen Lakes regularly with his uncles or his mother or grandmother, who lives at Curl Curl, bringing provisions like a bag of flour or a cake.

1950s - view

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families move into the Northern Beaches. Among them are Eddie Goodall, Clair Jackson and Nancy Hill Wood.

1950 - view

Dennis Foley a Gai-mariagal descendant is born. Today he continues the renewal of culture and cultural research.

1960s - view

Growth of Indigenous awareness and programs of education about culture and social development conducted by Indigenous people such as George Watts, Nancy Hill Wood, Lois Birk, Susan Moylan-Coombs, Cliff Ryan, Caroline Glass-Pattison, Julie Hendicott, Clair Jackson, David Watts and others.

1963 - view

Birth of the later Heritage Officer David Watts at Royal North Shore hospital. David grows up in Manly.

1969 - view

George Watts establishes the Redfern Aboriginal Construction Company.

1980s - view

Susan Moylan-Coombs works with Manly Council from the Community Office on Social Plan for Indigenous people in Northern Beaches.

2000 - view

Establishment of the northside Aboriginal Heritage Office responsible for Indigenous material heritage in Lane Cove, North Sydney, Manly, Ku-ring-gai, Pittwater, Warringah, Willoughby and Armidale Dumaresq Councils. David Watts is the Aboriginal Heritage Officer and Kim Foley is Heritage Officer (Community Volunteers).

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.

2006 - view

Nancy Hill Wood is an Indigenous elder and a member of the Stolen Generations, Nancy is Chair of the Sorry Day Committee and lives on the Northern Beaches.

2008 - 2009 - view

Notable work is done by hard working Indigenous members: Julie Hendicott, Lois Birk, Caroline Glass Paterson, Eliza Pross, Cliff Lyons, Courtney Lyons, Ian Raymond, Paul Shaw and Lana Shaw, Natalie Taylor, Albert Torrens, Sarah Torrens, Emma Lowrie, Eddie Goodall, Caitlin Lawton and others.

2009 - view

Death of Uncle George Watts, respected elder.