Interviewing John Heath
In October 2010 the Museum interviewed John Heath, a member of the Birpai community, and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Cultural Development Officer at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. John talked about a collection of photographs taken by amateur scientist and oyster culturist Thomas Dick which documented the traditional lifestyle of the Birpai Aboriginal people in Port Macquarie between 1910 and 1923. John spoke about his personal connection to the photographs, and how he's used them to research and interpret the activities of the Birpai people in the Port Macquarie-Hastings landscape.
John told a fascinating story, and we're looking forward to featuring parts of the interview, shot by cinematographer, Paul Simpson, in an audiovisual program as part of the Port Macquarie multimedia interactive.