Deadly stories, culture and language are brought to life through our Aboriginal interpretive signage projects. Most incorporate original artwork and language from the respective first peoples nation.
Aboriginal Interpretive Signage – Smoky Cape
Date: July 2014
Service: To bring the oral histories of the Dunghutti people to life through Aboriginal interpretive signage that is unique but in keeping with the existing heritage signage at Trial Bay Gaol.
Specs: 4 signs 1000mm wide x 600mm high
Client: NPWS – Arakoon & Hat Head NPs
Beautiful artwork was provided by local Dunghutti, Eddie Moran. Language was provided by Esther Quinlan, Gadan Grahame Quinlan, Caroline Bradshaw and the Ngabu Bingay Language Group.
The entire Smoky Cape Range is of profound spiritual significance to the local Aboriginal community. Prior to establishment of the park, numerous carved trees were removed from sites adjacent to the lighthouse complex and transported to the Australian Museum. Smoky Cape marks the place of the last, historically recorded, large ceremony on the coast. Other sites include middens and ceremonial sites.
Smoky Cape connects us with the past as the traditional country of the Dunghutti Aboriginal people. Mentioned in the log of Captain James Cook during his historic voyage of 1770, Smoky Cape is also a site of World War II heritage installations. Smoky Cape Range is about 370km north-northeast of Sydney and located within the Hat Head National Park. Historic Trial Bay Gaol is also part of the range with the nearest town being South West Rocks.