First Hand Aboriginal Workshops & Black Markets

This series of markets, workshops and tours is being run by First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation to raise money for its Aboriginal community programs for youth at risk.

There’s 2 ways you can join us to launch First Hand markets, tours and workshops on June 1 Pay $2 entry fee onto the Island and come along and enjoy our Black markets and bush tucker food or a cup of good coffee.

Or you can immerse yourself in learning in one of our spear-making or shellwork workshops which are practically based but include stories and time for real conversations with Aboriginal people. Or for $25 you can do an hour and a half bush-tucker walk which includes a talk about Aboriginal history past and present and artefacts.

Entry price onto Bare Island, which is usually only open for tours, is $2.

Black Markets

The Markets is all about re-capturing the La Perouse of yesteryears where thousands of people would flock to the Loop at La Perouse for an Aboriginal experience. We are thrilled to have Laddie Timbery at this Market place. Laddie’s family have sold artefacts on the Loop at La Perouse for 188 years. Also shell-workers Esme Timbery and Marilyn Russel.

Runs first Sunday of the month at  Bare Island, La Perouse.

Smoking ceremony by Warada Kinship at midday overlooking the beautiful backdrop of Botany Bay with Aboriginal performers through-out the day.


Shell workshop:

Make your own shellwork with celebrated La Perouse traditional shellworkers Marilyn Russell and Esme Timbery. Their work has won the NSW Parliament Indigenous Art Prize and more recently purchased by and exhibited at the Musuem of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

$70 per person for two hour workshop including materials


Spearhead Cultural Connections:

Spear making is a traditional Aboriginal skill and important cultural activity linked to survival. Dean Kelly of Warada Kinship will share his knowledge and skills with workshop participants about the manufacturing and creation of this ancient tool/weapon. He will also explain where the spear came from and how it has evolved and continues to hold and set the direction for life’s journey and how its form can be used to continually set and achieve your intended goals

$90 per person for half day workshop including materials. 



Weaving Workshop:

Join talented master weaver, Steven Russell of Jungah weavers from La Perouse but now living on the South Coast of NSW as he teaches you how to weave your own basket in the traditional style from traditional grasses. Stephen has been weaving for thirteen years as well as making Aboriginal tools, canoes, paintings and possum skin coats.  Using a range of materials found locally along the east coast of NSW, he does contemporary and traditional weavings. Stephen can cater for beginner and more advanced weavers/

$100 per person for one day workshop including materials

First Hand plant and artefact talk $10 for half an hour talk: 10.30, 11.30, 1.30, 2.30

CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, Peter Cooley, takes you through a half an hour talk about the many uses Aboriginal people made of plants, and the artefacts that they made from them. Get to buy your own bush-tucker plants afterwards to take home with you.


Catch N Cook kids fishing program  -9.30am and 11am for $2o.Learn about growing up by the ocean as an Aboriginal child and the lessons about sustainability and passed from elder to child through a catch n release fishing program


First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is a registered charity supporting hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal peoples. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal Corporation with DGR status whose mission is to relieve the suffering, distress, misfortune, helplessness, disadvantage and poverty experienced by Indigenous people and at risk youth through the areas of education, training & employment, cultural development and enrichment, and physical and psychological wellbeing. For more information visit: