Giinagay, Jingi Walla.
Welcome to Grafton’s First Nations Story Trail.
On this trail, Aunties Jo Randall, Geraldine Lewis, Maxine Hegedus, and Gloria Strachan, get together to reflect and reminisce about growing up in Grafton through stories and poetry.
Coming from a long line of culturally and socially strong Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr families like the Daleys, Taylors, Gordons, Mundines and Robertsons, the Aunties share what life was like for young Aboriginal women on Country, through the lens of times and places also familiar with many in the wider Grafton community.
From bean-picking to the best chocolate cake in town, the Jacaranda Festival and Grafton Show; Langley’s Cafe to Dirty Dot’s; the Aunties invite you along for the ride and a yarn as they share the experiences that made them who they are today.
First Nations Story Trail
Story 1: Memories of Growing Up in Grafton
A Poem by Aunty Jo Randall.
Sticker Location: 45 Prince Street
Aunty Jo Randall is a Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr woman who grew up in Grafton. Storytelling and poetry run in the Daley family and Jo’s poem takes us on a journey down memory lane. We learn about her bean-picking days, her involvement in Jacaranda, her career and how she gives back to the community. She even has a special message for you.
For more insight into the inspiration for the poem, listen to Behind The Poem – Aunty Jo & Bek Have a Yarn.
Photo credit: Simon Hughes
The First Nations Story Trail is part of Clarence Valley Council’s program, Rediscover Grafton, which is fully funded by NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.
To learn more, visit https://www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/Projects/Rediscover-Grafton