Aboriginal art

Emerald city hotels proudly supports Australia’s Aboriginal arts. Aboriginal people believe they have been living in Australia since the beginning of time, and radiometric dating also shows Aboriginal people have visited the Sydney area for at least 30,000 years.

The Aboriginal people lived in tribes or clans. The Cammeray district (where Emerald city has Glenferrie lodge, Daziel lodge, Cremorne point manor and The Penthouse) was called Cammerra and a male from this area was a Cammerragal. A woman of this tribe was called a Cammerragalleon or Cammerayleon.

A proud name: Cammeraygal
The name Cammeraygal is proudly included in many important modern symbols in the area, including on the North Sydney Council crest and Cammeraygal High School in Greenwich. In 1999, the North Sydney Council erected a monument in honour of the Cammeraygal tribe. It can be found outside the Civic Centre on the corner of Miller and McLaren Streets, North Sydney.

Even though few of the Aboriginal people living in the northern suburbs can trace their ancestry to the Cammeraygal clans, many maintain strong spiritual and cultural links in other ways. Throughout Sydney’s north shore there are over 1,000 sites that provide important evidence of the richness of Aboriginal culture. These include overhangs with stencilled hands and ochre paintings on their walls, engravings on rock outcrops and middens (remains of shellfish meals). There are cave paintings in Primrose Park and middens at Folly Point.

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Emerald city proudly showcases many Aboriginal artists such as Tjunkiya Napaltjarri from the Pintupi language group.

Contemporary Indigenous art of the western desert began when Indigenous men at Papunya began painting in 1971, assisted by teacher Geoffrey BardonTheir work, which used acrylic paints to create designs representing body painting and ground sculptures, rapidly spread across Indigenous communities of central Australia, particularly following the commencement of a government-sanctioned art program in central Australia in 1983.By the 1980s and 1990s, such work was being exhibited internationally. However, there was also a desire amongst many of the women to participate, and in the 1990s large numbers of them began to create paintings.

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Ollie Kenmarre from the Eastern Anmatyerre tribe is also showcased and it a proud addition to the Emerald city Aboriginal art collection. These beautiful artworks are showcased at Cremorne Point Manor, Cremorne Point.

Emerald city hotels was fortunate enough to work with the amazing contemporary Aborigional Artist Rex Winston/ Walford. Rex was born in 1968 and belongs to the Gamilaroi language group and resides on the Mid North Coast.

Winston is self taught and has emerged as a vibrant commercial artist, his work is held in various private collections nationally and internationally plus one public work to date. Rex has an amazing thumbprint series that captured the CEO Jean Claude Branch’s attention. “I just saw this amazing piece of contemporary art and knew straight away that I wanted to work with him.” If you are ever at Cremorne Point Manor you will see Winstons amazing work in the breakfast room.


In 2012 Winston was awarded the People Choice Award in the Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize and has been a finalist on numerous occasions in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize and was commended in 2010.

Emerald city hotels also hosted an Aboriginal art educational evening for travelling students from China. Aborigional art created by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri was shared. Emerald city proudly held this evening at Glenferrie lodge, Kirribilli.

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Thanks to the Aboriginal Heritage Office, North Sydney.

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