Saturday, September 19, 2020  
    Oral history interviews  

Margo Beasley interviewed Norma Ingram, founding administrator of Murawina, in 2006.
LISTEN at the Dictionary of Sydney

Norma was interviewed in 1975 for 'Tharunka'.  Read it at Trove

    New Dawn  

1972 Aboriginal breakfast program [New Dawn May 72]

It began when young Sydney Aboriginal Paul Coe approached the Wayside Chapel early this year. Like many other people, he was concerned that Aboriginal children from lower income homes in the city were not receiving an adequate diet, and he asked the Wayside Chapel to help. After discussion with Aboriginal mothers in the Redfern - Newtown area, the Wayside Chapel agreed. It was decided to run a pilot project, starting early in February.

1972 The breakfast program; from small beginnings [New Dawn December 72]

At 8 a.m. each weekday morning 30-40 children assemble at 'Murawina', a renovated building in Shepherd Street, Chippendale for a voluntary scheme aimed at alleviating nutritional and educational problems. Recently more Aboriginal people, particularly mothers, have become involved in the running of the scheme, especially since Billy Craigie began working for the chapel as Aboriginal coordinator.

In September a property in Shepherd Street was donated by a Sydney businessman for use over 2 years. The grant was made with the B.P. in mind and the property, ‘Murawina’, at 72 Shepherd Street, was put under the control of a group of Aboriginal mothers.

1973 Aid for Murawina [New Dawn September 73]

The Aboriginal Women’s Group which operates the 'Murawina' centre has received two grants totaling $40,000 from the Commonwealth Government to assist in their breakfast program and for their other pre-school and cultural programs. Part of the grant will enable the group to employ a pre-school teacher and Yirrkala leader, Mr Wunjuk Marika, to combine conventional pre-school teaching with traditional cultural tuition. The recent grants have allowed Mrs Norma Williams to work fulltime.

Murawina moved to its own building in Eveleigh St in 1978/80? then to the Redfern Public School site in 2003, and has since closed.

The breakfast program in Hollis Park, at the
bottom of Georgina St, Newtown in New Dawn, May 1972

NAA – A6180:22/4/80/12
Set of 8 photos
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Barbara Silva, Roslyn Silva on right and Karla Carr
Photos by Michael Riley in 1980s
more here, here & here
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Ch.5 in Aboriginal activism in Redfern in the 1970s [2013]
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