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Saturday 17 August 2024 A special event as part of Dhuluny 1824-2024: 200 Years of Wiradyuri Resistance

The Visitors

by Jane Harrison

Visitors leave. Right? On a sweltering day in January 1788, seven clan leaders gather on a sandstone escarpment overlooking the harbour. The attendees, six of them Elders and one new initiate, catch-up, laugh together, share a meal and compare notes. But beyond the friendly banter, protocols, and hospitality, a momentous decision is waiting to be made. A mysterious fleet of giant nawi is amassing in the harbour and as they creep closer, these seven representatives must choose unanimously: whether to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?

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