Monthly Archives: January 2013

Duck Creek, Mt Druitt and the mighty Wanderers!

The original Aboriginal inhabitants of the Auburn area are the Darug people. The Darug nation (also spelt Dharuk, Dharug and Daruk) is a language group of Aboriginal Australians who are the traditional custodians of much of what is modern day Sydney.

Duck Creek was used by Aboriginal people as one of the meeting places for the four main tribes of the Sydney area – Darug, Gandangara, Eora and Tharawal (also called Dharawal). Darug and Gandangara are the inland people whilst Eora and Tharawal are coastal people. The area around Duck River was a place where sea people met forest people and exchanges took place. Also used as a place for healing and other ceremonies.

Ashura

The Day of Ashura is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala. Ashura must be observed as a day of inactivity and sorrow. Pictured here are some images from the Afghan community in Auburn. Rituals include beating of the chest and self-flagellation. 

Merrylands West

I’ve come home late on a Monday night, bin night, and both bins have already been put out onto the verge. Legend neighbour!  I’m going to kick off this post with my awesome next door neighbour. Andrew welcomed us to Merrylands West when we first moved in. Gave us all the goss from the street and warned me not to park my car on the street just in-case someone speeds and loses control. Every time I see him outside rolling a cigarette or attending to his immaculate lawn and rose beds, I’ll stop and have a chat to see how he is doing and share any news we may have. He is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our +1 always asking how Yomna (my wife) is doing and tries to guess the sex of the baby every time he sees her :)

So I dedicate this post to neighbours and the thing I love most about the areas I photograph, a sense of community.

“Wild West”

Sick at home with tonsillitis, so why not do a blog post huh? Good news this week is the CNN Photos feature, if you haven’t seen it, check it out here: http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/05/sydneys-wild-west-suburbs/

There are a couple of new photos in that selection which I’ll post here also. I’ll kick it off with this photo of an Afghan mother and daughter at a community Iftar dinner (breaking of the fast during Ramadan) organised by Auburn Girls High School. A few things this photo annoy me technically but I find the people so interesting I just had to post it.

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