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Indigenous Understanding MYBennies: Dharug People


Acknowledgement of Country

Mount St Benedict College acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present traditional custodians and elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.

Visitors should be aware that this Research Guide may contain images or documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.

Finding Resources in Accessit


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


Muru Mittigar

Muru Mittigar seeks to advance Aboriginal culture, and in particular Darug culture, improving well—being and economic independence of Aboriginal people. We achieve this social impact by doing business with buyers and customers through our industry-leading products and services to create social change and Close the Gap.

Hornsby Library


The Australian Aboriginal groups in the Hornsby Shire area had a culture that existed for millennia before it was disrupted by European settlement.

You Tube

In the Virtual Dreaming simulation we show everyday life of Aboriginal people from the Darug tribe, who used to live in the Parramatta basin (New South Wales, Australia) before the arrival of the first fleet and the establishment of the first European settlement in Australia. Our simulation features the Parramatta Campus of the Western Sydney University in year 1788 reconstructed from GIS data. The virtual environment shown in the video was populated with plants and animals under supervision of Darug elders. The voices in the simulation and movements of virtual agents are true recordings of voices and motions of the Darug elders. The storyline was designed by the elders as well.

Welcome to the traditional country of the Burramatta clan of the Darug people. 'Burra' means eel and 'matta' means creek. Featuring a Darug welcome and smoking ceremony performed by Uncle Chris Tobin, get an insight into the cultural process and meaning of the custom. Part of the WARAMI festival program.

Uncle Richard Green shares knowledge about Darug language.

Multicultural Children's Services Program at ECSC is proud to present this Acknowledgement of Country video produced in partnership with the children, families and educators of Summer Hill Children's Centre.

ABC Education

Learn about the people and language of the Darug People.

Imagine a time when the Aboriginal language Dharug was the official language spoken in the Sydney area. During this audio clip, reflect on how the language was considered almost 'lost', but (and) discover how Richard Green and others are piecing the Dharug language back together. Find out about how it is being taught at Chifley College in western Sydney. What impact is the revival of this aboriginal language having on students and the wider community

Let's Learn Some Darug Words


'Warali Wali' means possum in the Darug language. The possum is one of the traditional totems of the Darug people. 

Darug Language

Learning the language These are language lessons developed by Richard Green for use in teaching the language. They explain the process of reclamation.

The Darug People

The Darug are a group descending from an indigenous Australian people of that name, which shares strong ties of kinship and, in pre-colonial times, survived as skilled hunters in family groups or clans scattered throughout much of what is modern-day Sydney.

The Darug, originally a Western Sydney people, were bounded by the Kuringgai to the northeast around Broken Bay, the Darkinjung to the north, the Wiradjuri to the west on the eastern fringe of the Blue Mountains, the Gandangara to the southwest in the Southern Highlands, the Eora to the east[2] and the Tharawal to the southeast in the Illawarra area.


AITSIS- Austlang

Custodians of the Darug People

Our community includes people from all over Australia and the world, our members all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our group and our community. We have connections to people and places all over the world and have a deep connection to all of our indigenous brothers and sisters from abroad. Our connections to Aboriginal people within Australia stretch far and wide with many of our mob from remote and distant places that have found a place within our group, we like to spend time on country as much as possible and share our places and ceremonies with our extended community. 

Darug Clan names