Editors of the Awaba database would like to acknowledge the contributions
of the many people who have provided the funds, time, knowledge
and skill which have made this project possible.
Funding for the project was supported by a Research
Infrastructure Block Grant of $7,200 for the Aboriginal Missions
and Reserves Database to Hilary Carey, John Maynard, Vicki Grieves
and John Ramsland. This was supplemented by an additional $10,000
from the Faculty of Education and Arts for administrative support
to Hilary Carey. David Roberts completed the bulk of the research
and writing for the project. Susan West transcribed the Awabakal
Gospel of St. Mark, and Hilary Carey acted as overall project
organiser. Vicki Grieves coordinated community liaison, facilitating
meetings at Wollotuka which advanced the project. Professor John
Lester and John Heath from Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
also provided us with valuable advice and support.
We are indebted to Gionni Di Gravio of the Auchmuty
Unit for allowing us full access to the rich collection of digitised
sources relating to Aborigines in the Hunter region which he has
compiled. We also thank the Faculty of Education and Arts web
team, Geoff Burrows, who is responsible for design, and Rebecca
Buchanan for her overall advice and supervision of the Awaba website.
We are honoured to acknowledge the involvement
and interest of contemporary Awabakal descendants of Margaret
and Ned, Leah Armstrong, Nola Hawken and Kerrie Brauer, Dene Hawken
and James Brauer.
We would also like to acknowledge the enthusiasm
and input of other people, including Ms Carol Ridgeway-Bisset,
a senior Maaiangal custodian, for discussions of those materials
relating to the Port Stephens area, Mr Ray Kelly of the Awabakal
Aboriginal medical Service and Mr Ron Gordon of the Awabakal Land
David Andrew Roberts
Hilary M. Carey