Cathy Craigie: My Sydney


Carol Ruff_40,000_mural

Photographer Carol Ruff, ‘Detail of the original mural on Lawson Street’, South Sydney Herald, 11 November 2013



The workshop will begin at the 40 000 Years mural at the Redfern railway bridge (designed by Carol Ruff 1983) where Cathy will talk about her knowledge of and involvement with the mural. She will also discuss the history of Redfern and its surrounds, including her own longstanding family history in the area; and will tell tales of the inner city focusing on its ‘hidden histories’ (such as old trade routes underlying some of Sydney’s major arterial routes; lakes and waterways beneath its urban infrastructure; little-known pasts of the Town Hall, to name a few). Discussion will take place on foot, with a walk that departs from the mural and ends up at 107 Projects in Redfern.


After talking about ‘her Sydney’, Cathy will dedicate the second part of the workshop to participants writing about their Sydney – the ways they know it and live in it, to explore their own hidden histories of the city.

Participants are encouraged to bring an object or image that connects them with Sydney in some way; and can use laptop, pen and paper, or voice recorder according to personal preference.


Cathy Craigie has spent most of her adult life living and working in the inner city Aboriginal community. She has been an active member of the community and has been involved in projects such as ‘Guwanyi’, the story of Redfern’s Aboriginal community with the Museum of Sydney. Cathy recently worked on ‘Home’ with the Sydney Story Factory. This was a collection of stories from people living and working in Redfern and its surrounds. Cathy is also the founder of Gadigal Information Service and Koori Radio and is currently the Chairperson of this Redfern organisation.


10 am – 12 pm

  • Meet outside the Redfern Community Centre, 29–53 Hugo St, Redfern. If wet weather: Ground Floor room inside the Community Centre (TBC)
  • Walk to the 40 000 Years mural at the railway bridge: Cathy will discuss the mural
  • Down Redfern St Laneway past the former TNT or ‘twin’ towers
  • Down Cope St to Gadigal Information Service, home of Koori Radio
  • Up Redfern St to 107 Projects (107 Redfern St)

12 – 1 pm

lunch (café at 107 Projects)

1 – 3 pm

Writing workshop held in upstairs room at 107 Projects



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