Stunning Aboriginal mural at Alison Homestead

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Wyong MP David Harris (left)

The Aboriginal story of the Wyong area and Tuggerah Lakes is being told in a huge mural by artist Jodie Freeman at the historic Alison Homestead.

Freeman’s spectacular mural was unveiled on Friday, February 19, and takes pride of place on a wall in the outdoor courtyard at the homestead, which is the home of Wyong District Museum and Historical Society.

The artwork tells the story of Gurria the Rainbow Serpent who was awoken from the belly of the Earth, she came to the surface angrily throwing herself in all directions and moving across the lands carving the deep valleys, the water holes, the rivers, lakes and ocean beds, and pushed the mountains high to the sky.

“We take a journey with meeting places where all the different people are coming together all across the Central Coast as shown with the circular designs, and flowing through the centre, are the three Tuggerah lakes, with accompanying fish throughout.

“An important part of the Central Coast is shown as the yam plant which represents Wyong, as the name Wyong means yam.

“I also wanted to bring back the cultural aspect to the museum, what was lost in the fire of December 2011, so this is one way that we can reconnect Darkinjung and the museum as well,” Freeman said.

The Tuggerah Lakes catchment area has been home to the Darkinjung people for 40,000 years. To have the opportunity to celebrate this part of the history of the area gives us the means to acknowledge this long Aboriginal custodianship of the land.  In consultation with the local Darkinjung Land Council, the mural celebrates the story of why this area is important to their people.

The Museum is open Sunday-Thursday 10am-2pm. Come and have a look at this new addition to the Museum. Devonshire Tea/Lunches can be provided. For more information see our website: alisonhomestead.com.au