Welcome to D’harawal dreamtime stories webpage. Here, you can read and download the stories Frances Bodkin (Aunty Fran) shares in the community. You can search the stories alphabetically.
These stories will teach you about the ancient culture of the D’harawal people. You will learn about their natural rhythms and lessons, language, and the integration of land, animals, nature and people that underpins Aboriginal life in Sydney.
Who we are
Aunty Fran is a knowledge holder of the D’harawal people.
All stories are illustrated by Lorraine Robertson.
According to D’harawal tradition, Gawain Bodkin-Andrews, Fran’s son, is now the holder of these stories.
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Some of these stories are available to buy as books.
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Access Aunty Fran’s extensive dictionary of English terms translated into the D’harawal language. D’harawal dictionary
Please access and download
- Stories D’harawal dreaming stories – ‘Stories my mother told me’ – Frances Bodkin
- Colouring in sheets Colouring-in
- The annual seasons calendar and poster D’harawal Annual Seasons – Perpetual Calendar and poster
Interview with Frances Bodkin
Aunty Fran has been interviewed by Richard Fidler on the RN’s “Conversations” on January 29, 2018. Entitled “The Secret History of the Native Hibiscus” the podcast can be found on: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-fran-bodkin/9350952