Saturday, 10 September 2011

2016 Redfern

When you say Redfern, many people think of the urban Aboriginal population, Eveleigh Street and 'The Block'. And why not? This area is probably the most famous part of Redfern, yet it is the one place that most people fear to go as many Sydneysiders associate it with violence, drug crime and more specifically the 2004 riots. Yet Redfern is more than just this one spot and it's pre-conceived ideas. There is a vibrant community here of people from all walks of life. Yes, the Block is looking a bit worse for wear in places, but walk on and the community centre is alive with the sound of childrens laughter. Around the corner and up a bit is the centre of Redfern where boutique shops cosy up to cafes; and the Victorian Italianate architecture of the 1882 Post Office building is reflected across the road in the more contemporary tower of the Centrelink building. Take a 'walkabout' Redfern and look for yourself.
Welcome to country, home of the Eora Nation

Ridgy didge, ridgy didge and away we go singing red, black and yellow...
Redfern, A Community
'I nod to a passing stranger,
and the stranger nods back,
and two human beings go off,
feeling a little less anonymous'
Robert Brault
A Walk Around The Block

New Kids On The Block!

On My Mind...
(My photo of the day)

In the Frame
I spotted three police officers down this side street, two of them were chatting on their mobiles so I asked if I could take a picture. Where's the other you may ask? She darted around the corner quickly... she didn't want to be put in the frame!

Babana means 'Brother' in the Dharug language.
BABANA was formed by local Aboriginal men in early 2006 to provide Aboriginal men with opportunities to network, discuss issues affecting local men, meet other Aboriginal men’s groups and do projects which benefit the Redfern-Waterloo community. The vision of this Aboriginal men's group is 'Support, enable and empower’ Aboriginal men and their families in their community.

Mark (left) and Dave (right) proudly invited us into the 'shed' and showed us around their place. Aboriginl men, proud of their indigenous culture who provide guidance and support to those in their community.

Post It - Note!

The Old and the New

 Trend & Trilby
Renovators Delight
Sunny Side of the Street
The Writing's on the Wall

Take a Pew


The Aboriginal walkabout is a rite of passage, a spiritual journey that can cover up to 1000km. My Redfern walkabout was considerably shorter but one that opened my eyes to how stereotypes can and should be broken; and how many are working hard to do just that.


  1. Blogging can easily become an obsession and even though I haven't sorted through all of my pics yet and still want to go back to Redfern to take some more I just had to post these... NOW!

  2. I know that feeling of wanting to post straight away. These are great photos, I love the boys running. Looking forward to the next Redfern installment.

  3. Great shot back over the city Arpi.
    I worked near Redfern for about 4 years and remember it being very urban = closed-in and busy. Those shots so far are really showing a different side of the suburb!

  4. So glad that my pics so far are showing you something different to what you may already know Pete. Will be heading back to Redfern in the hols.
    PS I think this may be one of the only open spaces in Redfern and you're right, such a great view of the city!

  5. I did my final teaching practice in Redfern

  6. So does this look different to how you remember it? Although when I post more pics you'll better be able to answer that really.

  7. I can comment now....just love your pic (photo) of the day. It looks like the policeman is saying something like... wish this guy would stop playing his guitar. Love the writing on the wall pics too. How great that the shoes are red in the walk about photo. Great job in all. Thanks for a great day out too. Max

  8. Max, in your one comment you have just picked all of my faves from the day!!!!!

  9. Great that you showed both sides of Redfern, as many people only see the negative side of this varied suburb. We had such a great day and met such friendly people, which your photo's really capture well...keep up the good work!
    Michael x

  10. These are terrific shots.

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