Activities - Sydney Golden Wattle and Fishing for Sea Mullet
1. Make observations
View the painting by Joseph Lycette. Record the different types of food the people are hunting and eating and how they are catching them.
2. Make a map
Research the local Aboriginal people from your area. What were the boundaries of their area? What kinds of food did they eat? Draw a simple map showing the area your local Aboriginal group inhabited and draw symbols on the map to show where they would have sourced different kinds of food.
3. Create some art
Watch the video ‘Wattle Flowering = It’s time for fishing!’ Go outside and find natural resources to create an art display of this seasonal indicator. Include the sea mullet’s journey, the wattle flowering and the Gadigal catching fish with stone fish traps.
4. Examine the specimens
Look at the herbarium specimen of Sydney Golden Wattle in the image gallery.
a. What details are recorded on the data sheet?
b. Using a map of NSW, plot where the specimen was found.
c. Look at the specimen – is it showing flowers? What time of year was it collected? Does this match with the time of year Golden Wattles are recorded as flowering?