Upper Darling: Oral History of Phillip Sullivan

Title

Upper Darling: Oral History of Phillip Sullivan

Description

Phillip Sullivan grew up on the Brewarrina Aboriginal Mission in the 1960s with his immediate and extended family. For Phillip, life on the river as a Ngemba man revolved around the Barwon River with fishing and swimming being favourite pastimes for the entire family.

Phillip passionately discusses a wide range of topics that include growing up along the river; the impacts on the Upper Darling and surrounds caused by weirs and restrictions; Aboriginal history; the significance of connection to Country and water; Aboriginal law and personal responsibilities; and the relationships between neighbouring Aboriginal nations. He also points out the cultural shifts he has witnessed; from that of a group-focused, collectivist culture, to a more Western-aligned culture of individualism with its self-focused culture, and its consequences on Aboriginal kinship values, society and the environment.

Mention of: King Brown Snake. Eastern Brown Snake. Long neck turtles.

Quandong. Gum trees. Coolabah trees. Spinifex.

Creator

Heather Goodall
Jodi Frawley

Publisher

University of Technology, Sydney

Contributor

Murray-Darling Basin Authority
NSW Department of Primary Industries - NSW Fisheries

Rights

Copyright University of Technology, Sydney

Date

2010-10-18

Access Rights

Open access. Conditional use.

Provenance

Mediator

Unmediated licence agreement. Interviewee's consent condition: Please contact about restrictions.

Interviewer

Jodi Frawley

Interviewee

Phillip Sullivan

Location

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Duration

Part 1 00:24:41
Part 2 00:20:10
Part 3 00:23:27

Item Relations

This Item Is Part Of Item: Darling River - Bourke to Brewarrina
This Item References Item: Wiradjuri
Item: Gamilaraay
This Item Was Created By Item: Prof. Heather Goodall
Item: Dr Jodi Frawley
This Item Has Provenance Information Item: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA)
Item: State Library of New South Wales
This Item References The Subject Item: Murray Cod
Item: Freshwater Catfish
Item: Upper Darling: Images from interview with Phillip Sullivan
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