Networking and Learning Meeting - June 2017

Networking and Learning Meeting - June 2017
Coral Baldwin thanks Professor Maynard

The MSN Networking and Learning meetings continue to be popular with members. They provide not only an opportunity for professional development (our speakers are experts in their fields), but also for networking and learning about the programs offered by other groups.

In June our speaker was Professor John Maynard of the University of Newcastle - reputed to be the foremost Indigenous historian in Australia. He spoke on “Muloobinbah an Aboriginal Perspective

Professor Maynard’s presentation gave insight into the Indigenous stories and sites in and around Newcastle and their continuing importance in the lives and culture of Aboriginal people.

Particularly interesting was the story of the kangaroo who entered the rocky outcrop at Nobby’s Island (as it was then) where he remains today. Sometimes he moves around and his giant tail crashes against the earth making the rocks fall and the ground tremble. The Awabakal people believed this to be the reason for our earthquakes.

He also told us about his grandfather Fred Maynard who was born at Hinton in the Hunter Valley and became involved in the union movement while working on the docks in Sydney. In 1925 he launched the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association. Professor Maynard spoke of the legacy of his grandfather, the AAPA and the importance of unity among Indigenous Australia.