About this project


Community gathering



Keeping Place





Understand the history. Share your reflections. Help inform the future.

A space for ideas and reflection on the possible future uses of the Blacktown Native Institution site.

The Native Institution was established in Blacktown in 1823, after it was relocated from Parramatta, to ‘educate’ and ‘reform’ Aboriginal children during colonisation. This site on the corner of Richmond Road and Rooty Hill Road North represents the origins of the institutionalisation of Aboriginal people in Australia. The site is a profound symbol of race relations and cross-cultural interaction in Australia.

In 2014 and 2015, community members, local historians, academics, other professionals and artists responded to the Blacktown Native Institution site through a series of discussions, community workshops and artworks. This phase of the project included two Artist Camps and a celebratory Corroboree event on site, as well as a number of community meetings.

We encourage you to continue the discussions, stories and ideas for the future generated through the Artist Camps in your communities and by contributing to this website.

A subsequent project focusing on the future of the Blacktown Native Institution site is currently in development. The project will respond to the outcomes of the Artist Camps and continue to work towards Darug custodianship of the site.

The BNI project website is home to historical information and personal stories regarding the Blacktown Native Institution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders please note that this website contains material that refers to people who have died.

We acknowledge the Darug people as the traditional owners of the land of the Blacktown Native Institution and pay our respects to elders past and present.

Location of the Blacktown Native Institution


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Thank you for your interest. We will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can. Very best, The Blacktown Native Institution Web Team.

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