Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation | About Us
Who we are
Our community includes people from all over Australia and the world, our members all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our group and our community. We have connections to people and places all over the world and have a deep connection to all of our indigenous brothers and sisters from abroad. Our connections to Aboriginal people within Australia stretch far and wide with many of our mob from remote and distant places that have found a place within our group, we like to spend time on country as much as possible and share our places and ceremonies with our extended community.
The corporation is structured with a board of Darug elders and community members, members and associate members, we follow our constitution that is available online along with our yearly reports and financial reports. We are a transparent group that believe we need our cultural connection to survive in todays world.
We encourage community members to come along to our meetings, our meetings are positive and constructive.
Our staff consists of a committed group of Aboriginal people that work on sites with Cultural Heritage conservation as one of our priority’s. We have been working with consultants for many years within Darug boundaries, the Darug Custodian Aboriginal corporation volunteered on site for many years to enable Aboriginal people’s involvement in the cultural heritage for our sites in this area, our elders protested for many years for our involvement and input into the care of our places.
There are numerous Darug artists within our group, we aim to promote our artists and assist with selling, copywrite and royalties for artists. We encourage recognition for our artists to assist with Darug cultural knowledge in our surrounding communities by facilitating workshops and sharing our knowledge.
Language inclusion in Darug country is a high priority to our group, we offer workshops and assist with language for numerous community events and projects.
The aim of our group is to educate the wider community about Aboriginal people and our culture, we assist with educational programs on culture, cultural sensitivity, language and cultural delivery within all education sectors.
Education is key to our people moving forward in todays society, our group can also assist with connecting people to community elders and organisations.
We have, after many years of community work realised that education is the key to our peoples success, we enjoy assisting our mobs to succeed within the community and the work place with support from community and elders.
Our group is a not for profit organisation that has been active as in Western Sydney as a community corporation for over 40 years , Darug people have lived in this area for over 60,000 years. Darug land is from the Blue Mountains in the west to the sea in the east, from the Hawkesbury river in the north to Appin in the south.
Sydney basin is the land of the Darug language group.
Darug people have been pushed off our land since colonisation and this continues to happen, our culture is common sense, if you don’t know the traditional owner group ask what the language is and follow up on the information, Eora is a Darug word meaning people, where the language is shows the tribal area’s.
Leanne Watson is a Darug woman commonly known in the Aboriginal community as Mulgo, meaning Black Swan. The daughter of Aunty Edna Watson and Uncle Allan Watson, elders of the Darug community, Leanne was born and raised in Sydney. She is now a mother and grandmother and has spent her life living, promoting and protecting Darug culture, people and places.
An artist, educator and book illustrator, she started painting at a young age, taught by her mother Aunty Edna Watson and her brother Bundeluk Watson. Now an accomplished and highly sought-after artist, her paintings and artwork are renowned by many. Leanne’s artwork is inspired by her family, Darug country, the environment and life experience
This painting is by Aunty Edna this shows the coming together and celebrating the wet after the dry river beds. This is a story of celebration.
Painting by Mulgo Wirriga totem dreaming.
Painting by Mulgo, this painting is about Beecroft it is the story of the wattle in sandstone country it shows the time to move over the sites and meet for ceremony.
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We always pay our respect to the Elders past present and our future elders within our community, our elders have smoothed the path for many of our people and we should always remember and respect what they have lived through and shared with us.
All art on our website is registered as copyright to the artist, all images and stories are the artists intellectual property. Art work by Leanne Watson, Aunty Edna Watson and Bundeluk. Gallery pieces are by various artists as identified.