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From 2 February 2021 | Free | Macquarie Group building, 50 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW (enter via Elizabeth Street)

Warrane explores Warrane/Sydney during the Macquarie era and looks at the changing landscape from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives. It is a collaborative exhibition between the National Museum of Australia and Macquarie Group Limited.

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About the exhibition

'Warrane' is the Sydney language word for Sydney Cove. The Gadigal have lived on the southern shore of Port Jackson for millennia. The land and harbour provided abundant resources and the people thrived. But the arrival of the British in 1788 changed everything.

Colour illustration of sailing vessels in a port. There are two canoes with people. The central ship has an Australian flag fixed to one end.

Benelong Point from Dawes Point

This area, now known as Martin Place, is where the Gadigal and other clan groups forged relationships with the colonists and fought to maintain connection with their Country and culture. It was a place of injustice and loss, resilience and survival.

Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie arrived in Sydney on 28 December 1809. On New Year’s Day 1810, Lachlan Macquarie was sworn in as the fifth Governor-in-Chief of New South Wales. During his 12-year term, a program of economic reforms and public works transformed the settlement into a prosperous town.

This exhibition explores Warrane/Sydney during the Macquarie era and looks at the changing landscape from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives.

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Further reading

Read more about Lachlan Macquarie’s relationships with local Aboriginal people, and about Indigenous perspectives of Sydney.

Acknowledgements

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