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Newcastle’s First Storytellers: Always Was, Always Will Be, William Smith

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This podcast series explores how Newcastle’s Aboriginal communities share and tell stories. Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first storytellers.  

Australia has the world’s oldest oral story telling culture and Newcastle has a rich collection of storytellers. 

William Smith, Wirrigan Aboriginal Elder joins the series to tell us about his move to Newcastle and his  extraordinary early spent working alongside BHP building bridges between people and creating opportunities for many more. He talks beautifully about the way forward and shares stories of hope and inspiration from his and his ancestors journeys. He also explores the special place that Newcastle holds in his heart. 

This is a Newcastle Libraries REAL Production. 

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