Bujari Gamarruwa (Good Day)
Waraburra Nura (The Happy Wanderer's Place) is The University of Technology Sydney's Indigenous garden on the North-facing balcony of the main tower.
The audio recordings on this site are D'harawal Senior and botanist Aunty Fran Bodkin explaining the plants and their uses. Below she tells us about the associations Australian plants form with each other and the importance of Eucalypts in that relationship.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the University of Technology, Sydney stands, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. The land on which we live, learn and create. We pay our deepest respects to their elders past and present for their knowledge is strong and continues to this day and to the emerging elders for they are the leaders of tomorrow.
Waraburra Nura (The Happy Wanderer’s Place) provides a space of relaxation and tranquillity for everyone.
The plants in the garden are native to the Sydney basin and have existed on this land for thousands of years, adapting to the environment and supporting the people who have lived here and continue living here today. This garden is a small way to show locals and visitors part of the rich living culture in Sydney, where UTS stands.
In this garden we have used companion planting, where four or five native plants put together in a cluster will support and nourish each other. The addition of Eucalypt leaves folded into the soil creates a fungus on the roots of all the plants which is essential for the companion planting to work.
This concept directly goes against the Western notion of gardening that focuses on soil quality to support the plant and instead shows the vitality and hardiness of native plants to grow in any environment as long as they are grown in close proximity to each other.
You’ll notice some Eucalypt trees in the garden, we planted them in pots to keep them dwarfed for practical reasons. These are crucial in an Indigenous garden; the leaves of the trees that are under seven years of age provide an essential component in the composition of companion planting. After they reach seven years the chemical composition of the leaves changes so we will remove these plants and once again replace them with saplings.
This website provides information and is a guide to the properties and uses of the plants in Waraburra Nura and contains the rich stories that accompany their history. All audio recordings are of our consultant Aunty Fran explaining the uses and her experiences with the plants. These recordings have been transcribed for accessibility.
More information about Sydney's Indigenous culture can be found at http://www.sydneybarani.com.au/
A map of the language groups in the Sydney basin can be found at http://www.sydneybarani.com.au/sites/aboriginal-people-and-place/