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The Spectators and I


African cultures festival

 Here is a small selection of images I took at the African cultures festival in Auburn. African cultures festival, Auburn  African cultures festival, AuburnAfrican cultures festival, Auburn African cultures festival, Auburn African cultures festival, Auburn  African cultures festival, AuburnThis image above of the 3 guys is not that great but it reminded me of the image I took a couple of months ago!Auburn ParkAfrican cultures festival, Auburn

Heading out for a walk around a random suburb after work with good friend and fellow colleague at the newspaper has become somewhat of a ritual. It will be sad when daylight savings ends but until then Richard Payne and I will continue to head out after work once a week. Last week it was Parramatta, later today we’ll roam the streets of Merrylands. Here is a set of photos taken from that walk…

Auburn, Punchbowl, Villawood, Bankstown…. I get around

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.


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. 

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