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At MDCA we believe that it is important for discoveries in heritage and history to reach a broader audience, and to contribute to the development of our profession. We do this through initiatives and projects including:

Development of Online Content

Coastal Sydney Stories Aboriginal history website
Barani Aboriginal Sydney archaeological site pages
Dictionary of Sydney entries

Public Presentations

Sponsor of This Is Where They Travelled NAIDOC exhibition and tour delivered by Paul Irish and Aboriginal community researchers at History House in Sydney (2016), City of Sydney NAIDOC lecture (2015), Corroboree Sydney festival talks (2013-14), presentations to the NSW State Library, local historical societies and Aboriginal community groups. 

Details of upcoming talks and events can be found at www.coastalsydneystories.com/events


Student Outreach

Presentations and guest lectures to Sydney University archaeology students on working in Aboriginal heritage, lectures on Sydney’s Aboriginal history and heritage to Aboriginal Studies students at Sydney University and the University of New South Wales, mentoring and supervision of archaeology honours students.


Some recent publications include:

Irish, P. 2017. Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (Sydney, NewSouth Publishing).

Irish, P. 2015. “The Salt Pan Creek Boondi”, in Brown, S., Clarke, A & Frederick, U. (eds). Object Stories: Artifacts & Archaeologists (Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press): 125-130.

Irish, P. & Ingrey, M. 2013. “Marking their footsteps: Aboriginal people and places in nineteenth-century Sydney”, in C. Hansen and K. Butler (eds) Exploring urban identities and histories (Canberra; AIATSIS Research Publications):75-90.

Irish, P., and T. Goward. 2012 "Where's the evidence? The archaeology of Sydney's Aboriginal history." Archaeology in Oceania 47 (2012): 60-68.