From 2013 – 2014 we designed three Aboriginal Interpretive Signs and a suite of 8 botanical plant labels for Susan Island in Grafton. Engaged by NPWS we designed and wrote content for two of the signs and project managed production. The third sign carries an Aboriginal Dreaming story. Engaged by NPWS Grafton, two of the signs are 1450mm wide x 650mm high, and the third ‘Welcome’ sign is 600mm wide x 400mm high.
Susan Island Aboriginal Interpretive Signs
How the Dirrangun created islands along the Clarence River is told on one. At Grafton we told the shared history of the island while on the island we told of the demise and specialness of some flora and fauna. We were provided with beautiful local aboriginal artwork and there were also some fantastic historic photos to complete the interpretive Aboriginal signs.
Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and the Yaegl people
Susan Island is one of the islands created by the Dirrangun throughout the Clarence that embraces the Jargons (Nations) of the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and the Yaegl people.
Susan Island is well known by local Gorries as one of the many areas traditionally used by Aboriginal women. The women who came to the island knew how to use native plants for food, fibre and medicine. The Susan Island Aboriginal signage showcases some of the native flora.
Susan Island Access
You are welcome to visit Susan Island by boat. The closest boat ramps are at the end of Prince Street, Grafton and the end of Skinner Street, South Grafton. The down stream end is grassy with scattered trees and makes an ideal area for picnics. This is a public reserve managed by the Susan and Elizabeth Island Trust. A mown path leads west to Susan Island Nature Reserve on the upstream end of the island. This area is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.