Biraban Public School
This mural shares the story of Biraban and the Biraban School community.
Central to the artwork a large gathering circle depicts Biraban Public School with the Awabakal totem, Biraban eaglehawk, soaring above to the left of the imagery. The artwork also acknowledges the man Biraban, who was a leader among the Awabakal people and worked closely with Reverend Threlkeld in recording the Awabakal language and a voice for his people.
Blue water symbolisms flowing across the artwork highlights Lake Macquarie, while people symbols interwoven within the design depict the school community from students, teachers and families. Elders symbolism at the very top of the design acknowledges the Awabakal people as the traditional custodians of the land and represent education, as Elders passed down cultural knowledge to the young.
To the right of the artwork the symbol for the sun and moon is shown, highlighting the rising of both the day and night light over Lake Macquarie.
The artwork sits on a backdrop of songlines depicting the Awabakal people as the people of the hills and plains. Horizontal engraved lines within this imagery reflect message sticks, which bring the message of past, present and future generations and passing on the message of inclusive education and the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Personal Best.
Size: 1800 x 1200 mm