NAIDOC Week 2019: Truth Telling of Sydney Harbour’s Black History

“Voice. Treaty. Truth.” is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC week (7 – 14 July) focusing on the importance of the process of truth telling in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s representation and acknowledgement.  

Join us at the museum this NAIDOC Week as we bring together some of Australia’s most renowned Aboriginal art and cultural practitioners to uncover the truth about Sydney Harbour’s history of Aboriginal slavery in the pearling industry, saltwater and freshwater cultures, and Aboriginal connections with the badu (waters)*.

The Museum will celebrate NAIDOC Week with a range of activities for all ages focused around truth telling:


The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, who are the Traditional Custodians of the bamal (earth) and badu (waters)* on which we work upon, and pay respects to the elders both past and present of the Eora Nation. The Museum also acknowledges all traditional custodians of the bamal (earth) and badu (waters)* throughout Australia, and pays respect to them and their cultures, and to elders past and present.

*The words bamal (earth) and badu (waters) were provided by the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council.

Main image: Indigenous Education Coordinator Elsie Amamoo. Photo: Kate Pentecost, ANMM