Thousands of students learn to warurabanga (make string)


On Thursday 8 August, almost 3,000 teachers and students across NSW took part in a live virtual excursion, direct from Museum of Sydney, the site of first Government House - a unique place from which to explore Australian history from multiple perspectives.

Students were invited to warurabanga (make string) and find out about the Gadigal people of Sydney.

The virtual excursion was led by our Learning team. Students also participated in an interview with Shannon Foster, a Sydney D'harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper, who showed Indigenous objects and linked them to stories from the site. Shannon also discussed Daringa, a fisherwoman known in the early colony, and other inspirational Gadigal women and their lives.

Then the students had the opportunity to learn a traditional Aboriginal stringing technique. Using raffia, they made warura (string), in the same way as has been done by Gadigal women in Sydney for so many years.

One teacher wrote to us after the excursion:

That was such a wonderful event! Our students were thrilled to be a part of it! Thank you.

You can watch the recorded virtual excursion via YouTube (starts at 6 mins, 45 secs). 

If you are interested in virtual excursions, we offer programs regularly throughout the year: visit our Education webpage for more information. 


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