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  • WugulOra Morning Ceremony - Australia Day 2019

    Thank you, Yvonne, for your warm Welcome. bujari gamarruwa [= ‘Good day’ Greeting in Gadigal] It is an honour for me to be here at the 2019 WugulOra Ceremony, a ceremony of great significance to commence our Australia Day. Here on this harbourside...

  • Salute to Australia - Australia Day 2019

    As Governor of New South Wales and Patron of the Australia Day Council of NSW, I am honoured to receive the 2019 ‘Salute to Australia’ here onboard HMAS Choules on this wonderful Sydney Australia Day. Look around us and imagine this...

  • Christmas Reception

    Thank you, Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden, esteemed Gadigal Elder and Board Member of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, for your warm Welcome to Country. I, too, would like to affirm my respect to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, and...

  • Centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day Address

    For the Gadigal, Hyde Park where we now gather has significance as ‘a ritual ground, a crossroads for traditional walking trails, and an important site for Aboriginal ceremony, gathering and camping.’ I thank Mr Harry Allie BEM, most sincerely, for...

  • 2019 Sydney Festival Launch

    As Festival Patron, I am delighted to convey my respect to the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we gather, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation and their Elders, past, present and emerging. In my capacity as Governor...

  • Reception for the Invictus Games Foundation

    On behalf of everyone here, thank you Uncle Chicka for your welcome to Gadigal land. We are proud to stand with you on this great occasion. And I pay my respects to you and your fellow Elders, past and present. In...

  • Opening of the ANZAC Memorial Centenary Extension

    For the Gadigal, Hyde Park South where we now gather has significance as ‘a ritual ground, a crossroads for traditional walking trails, and an important site for Aboriginal ceremony, gathering and camping.’ I thank Uncle Roy most sincerely for welcoming...

  • Message from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Regarding the Drought

    Having been in New South Wales briefly in April, near Wagga Wagga, my wife and I have been utterly dismayed to hear of the horrific drought devastating your State. I can well imagine the appalling difficulties being faced by so...

  • NAIDOC Week Message 8-15 July 2018

    The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week – Because of Her, We Can! – celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culture and achievements. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play an important role in our community as leaders, advocates, protectors...

  • Vale The Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC

    His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley have received, with great sadness, the news of the death of The Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC. The Honourable...

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