Diane O’Brien serves 18 months on remand at Silverwater Correctional Centre. While there she becomes a drug and alcohol assistant in gaol. On release, she works with a Young Offenders program.


Link Up is founded in Canberra by Coral (Oomera) Edwards and Peter Read. In 1990 it moves office to the Blue Mountains. Video,‘Some deep questions at Link Up’

Diane O’Brien has trouble with the Mt Druitt police. Video, Police trouble at Mt Druitt’


Peter Radoll’s family receive a home at St Mary’s through the efforts of ‘Doc’ Cunningham and the Western Aboriginal Foundation. The Bank Of NSW Manager at St Mary's first refuses to believe that Mrs Radoll is Aboriginal because ‘she is not black enough’.


The Marella Aboriginal Children’s Home closes.


Mt Druitt Local Aboriginal Land Council is established.

J.L. Kohen publishes A Dictionary of the Dharug Language. The Inland Dialect.


Peter Radoll has several adventures as an adolescent in western Sydney. Videos, ‘A box of condoms’ and ‘It’s no wonder that here are no bandicoots left’.


The Aboriginal Medical Service is established in Western Sydney to address health needs of Indigenous people in the area.

  • Aboriginal Medical Service, Mt Druitt, Western Sydney

Mt Druitt Local Aboriginal Land Council changes its name to Darug LALC

Mt Druitt Local Aboriginal Land Council changes its name to Darug LALC.


‘Sooty’ grows up in Rooty Hill. (Video

Robyn Williams living in Liverpool with her extended family, works in establishing the Aboriginal unit at Liverpool College of TAFE. She develops innovative courses for Aboriginal students such as Aboriginal Communication, history, and art. Robyn works with Gandangarra Land Council to create programs such as training of Painters and Decorators, Hospitality and a program to train Aboriginal funeral service assistants. Tharawal Land Council is also involved.

  • Robyn Williams - Wiradjuri Elder
  • Robyn Williams and Julie Janson
  • Peter Read and Aunty Robyn Williams


Jim Kohen completes his PhD research having made contact with the Darug people. Kohen’s interest is the distribution of biological resources and the spatial patterning of prehistoric Aboriginal campsites. However, he soon becomes involved in a much wider study of the Darug and their country, which includes culture, genealogy, social structure and language. Several families provide information, such as June Workman nee Tangye and Hilda Tangye nee Webb, relate the story of their ancestor, the Aboriginal "princess", Maria. Research shows that she was the daughter of Yarramundi, also known as Yellowmundi, the "chief" of the Boorooberongal clan from the Richmond area (Kohen 1993). The women know that she married a white man named Robert Lock, the first marriage between an Aboriginal woman and a European in Australia, and that they had ten children, nine of whom survived into adulthood. Maria and her descendants owned land at Plumpton and at Liverpool. Many of the extended family continue to live near Plumpton, Riverstone and Liverpool, while other related families who had moved to the Sackville Aboriginal Reserve, La Perouse, Redfern and Katoomba, now live close to these areas. With this detailed information as a guide, it was possible to confirm the ancestry of the extended Lock family, and to trace other related Darug families. From this beginning, almost 20,000 people have been traced who can claim descent from the Darug, a far cry from John Pilger's 1989 assertion that the Darug "no longer exist".

In the next ten years, Kohen acts as expert witness on behalf of the Darug people for their Native Title claims, and negotiation over Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the NSW government. www.darugweavers.tripod.com/ourblackandwhitefamily/id

  • Book by Jack Brook and Jim Kohen
  • Darug geneology, book by James Kohen
  • Darug Link members

Robyn Williams at Liverpool College of TAFE creates the Gandangrra Eel Dreaming Project to train Aboriginal actors to perform at Bents Basin (Gulguer). This performance is to commemorate the 200 years of Aboriginal survival since British settlement. The Dreaming story of Garangatch the giant Eel and Mirrigan the Quoll Cat is performed on a site of significance, Gulguer. Local Koori youth train as performers over a one year TAFE project. Many schools attend the performance and SBS films extracts to screen on national television.

  • Bents Basin, Gulger, Nepean River
  • Gulguer where Garagadge the eel was chased by Murragan the Quoll Cat
  • Gulguer, Bents Basin, Camden