Speaker – Landscape Australia Conference 2017
Professor Jakelin Troy is Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in South Eastern Australia. She is Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services at the University of Sydney. Her fields of research include linguistics, education, colonial history, archaeology and the visual arts. Prof Troy has conducted research into image making about Aboriginal people and the environment in Australia. Her research into the language of the Sydney area, now know by various names including Dharug and Cadigal, has been foundational to our understanding of the Sydney Aboriginal people and their environment (Jakelin Troy, 1993, The Sydney Language, AIATSIS:Canberra). She is an advisor to the Geographical Names Board NSW and her work on the language of Sydney and with the Board has been instrumental in reinstating the original Dharug names, through dual naming, of many geographical features around Sydney Harbour. Her research continues to be focused on reviving and maintaining the languages and cultural practices, including environmental management, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.