Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a Bundjalung descendant, born, raised, and writing poetry in Dharug country. A co-Editor of Overland, educator, and researcher of Indigenous literatures, Evelyn’s debut poetry collection DROPBEAR was released with the University of Queensland Press in 2021. Evelyn’s writing has been awarded the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young […]

Robert K Champion

Photo Credit: Jacinta Keefe Robert K Champion masterfully captivates audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love, and loss. With guitar in hand and a cup of tea always by his side, his storytelling warms audiences around the nation. A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in […]

James Fallon’s Wiradjuri Dance Troupe

Photo Credit: Manifeasto Photography  Attendance: 2017, 2018 & 2019 We are grateful to the Wiradjuri Dance Troupe, for their contribution of Welcome to Country through dance over the past number of years at the Winter Solstice. The Troupe performs at a number of events throughout the Albury Wodonga region.

Darren Wighton

Photo Credit: Manifeasto Photography Attendance: 2018 – current Darren Wighton has been conducting our Welcome to Country since 2018. From Wiradjeri country, Darren is an established aboriginal artist and cultural performer, who loves to share all things of a cultural nature in his role at Xavier High School in Albury. Darren was formerly the pastor […]

Albury High School Dramatic Minds

Still taken from the 2013 Winter Solstice event video We were delighted to host the Albury High School’s Dramatic Minds group in their performance of Lanterns by Birds of Tokyo.

Jennifer Watterson

Still taken from the 2013 Winter Solstice event video Jennifer Watterson’s life was forever changed the day that her eldest brother, Carl, made a decision to take his own life. As the next of kin called in to identify her brother’s body, she suffered from PTSD and intense grief for years afterwards.As a practicing Mental […]

Sue Murray

“In 2010, 36 million years of healthy life were lost to suicide across the globe. In that same year, suicide took more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined.”  Sue Murray opened her Winter Solstice address in 2013 with this powerful statistic. From 2012 to 2018, Sue was the CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia […]