Lunchtime Talk: Dr Paul Irish

Dr Paul Irish discusses the Aboriginal people who continued to live around coastal Sydney in the 1870s and 1880s, during the construction and use of the Garden Palace.



Historian and archaeologist Dr Paul Irish has researched the Aboriginal history and heritage of Sydney for more than 15 years. He is a Principal Consultant and Historian with heritage and history firm MDCA, and the author of the forthcoming book Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (NewSouth Publishing). Paul is also the recipient of the Arts NSW 2015 NSW History Fellowship, which culminated in This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney, a collaborative exhibition with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, for NAIDOC 2016. Paul’s research concerns the Aboriginal people who continued to live around the coastal part of Sydney throughout the 19th century; a group who, until recently, have been largely overlooked in histories of Sydney.