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Learn about the life of David Unaipon and listen to an oral reading of some traditional Aboriginal stories.

Explore the fascinating life of the Ngarrindjeri man David Unaipon, the famous face of the Australian $50 note, with Aboriginal educational officer Karen Smith as she discusses his ground-breaking work as author, inventor, evangelical preacher, and political activist.

Then be treated to a reading of traditional Aboriginal stories as Karen reads from Elephants in the Bush and other Yamatji Yarns by Clarrie Cameron that contains yarns from family and Elders past, captured and preserved in writing by Clarrie for future generations to enjoy.

Morning tea will be provided from the Aboriginal catering group Goanna Hut.

About the speaker

Karen Smith has been the Education Officer for the Aboriginal Heritage Office since 2011 and has shared her knowledge and experience of the local area and Aboriginal history and culture with thousands of North Sydney residents and schools.

She is from the Buruberongal clan of the Derrubin (or Hawkesbury) area. Her family has been living in the Manly area for many years, and she has been awarded the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship for her work and commitment to the protection and education of Aboriginal culture and heritage.