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11 Stories from the River Dyarubbin tour with Oonagh Sherrard

Hawkesbury Regional Museum 11 Stories From River Dyarubbin
© hawkesbury river museum

Mark your diaries for a special, behind-the-scenes view of the Hawkesbury Regional Museum’s ’11 Stories from the River Dyarubbin’ exhibition on Sunday, 5 May 2024.

UPDATE, as of this writing (1 May, 2024): According to the Museum, it has informed booked guests to hold on to their tickets until further notice. For refunds, they can email [email protected].

Composer and producer Oonagh Sherrard will lead the tour on the weekend. She will guide attendees along the river as they listen to the exhibition audio. After the guided walk, there will be a Q&A at the Museum. 

The Hawkesbury Museum mentions what participants can expect about the audio exhibit: “Hear how these remarkable sonic experiences were developed and realised through local knowledge, locations, inspiration, and community stories.

Following the talk, museum guests are invited to join in a one-kilometre walk from the Museum along the river to Howe and Deerubbin Parks, guided by the audio walk. Please note that the round trip of the walk is a 1.7km round trip and is accessible for all ages and abilities, the Museum said. 


Hawkesbury Regional Museum 11 Stories From River Dyarubbin Tour Map
The 1. 7 km route for the tour on sunday, 5 may 2024 © hawkesbury regional museum

The audio walk will run from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Attendees are advised to bring their smartphones, headphones, a hat, sunscreen, and refillable water bottles for the tour. 

The tour’s ticket is $5 and can be bought online via Eventbrite: An Audio Walk Along Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury River. The Hawkesbury Regional Museum is located at 8 Baker Street in Windsor.

11 Stories from the River Dyarubbin is a collaboration between people from different walks of life in and outside the Hawkesbury area. At least 80 contributions came from Dharug educators, descendants of early settlers, long-term residents, students, historians, and scientists. 


A 2022 Artwork Called Badu Murubig Water Path © Leanne Mulgo Watson
A 2022 artwork called badu murubig water path © leanne mulgo watson

According to the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, the audio walk features stories of the Hawkesbury River’s formation, Aboriginal culture, colonial settlers, and memories of historic floods, farming, boats, recreation, and ecology from deep time to the present. 

Composer Oonagh partners with the Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Dharug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation, Western Sydney University Sustainable Futures, and Hawkesbury Historical Society. 

In addition, the NSW Government supports the project via Create NSW, Museums and Galleries NSW, and the Australia Council for the Arts.

11 Stories from the River Dyarubbin acknowledges the Dharug and Darkinjung peoples as the Traditional Custodians of Country on which the project has its home and recognises their continuing connection to Country, Culture and Community. 

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