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Threlkeld Speak
The complex relationship between the first Novocastrians, the Awabakal, and the settlers who colonised the region is underexplored.

But this mobile-enabled app projects a poignant story at the heart of that collision.

Reverend Threlkeld’s 1827 volume Specimens of a Dialect of the Aborigines of New South Wales was the earliest attempt to record the structure and vocabulary of the indigenous Australian people.

The publication was a collaboration between the missionary Threlkeld and an Awabakal elder, Biraban, who lived in the Newcastle region and whose proffered words showed the incredible union the native people of this land had with the landscape.

'Threlkeld Speak' unearths some new meanings, and gives us emotive imagery where English words will not suffice. 48 Watt St.


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