NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Over five hundred children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds attend Stewart House each year. This month children in Group 10-2018 (from Queanbeyan, Southern Tablelands and Wollondilly) celebrated NAIDOC week in a special school assembly with our Aboriginal Education Officer, Ged McMinn.
Ged demonstrated his talents as an accomplished Aboriginal dancer by teaching all our children his dance moves and discussing the symbolism of his body paint representing different animals from areas across NSW. The paint on his body represents the rabbit from the Central Coast area (his totem) and the lines on his chest show the lungs of the whales passing up and down the coast as viewed from Stewart House in the hills above Curl Curl beach.
This year NAIDOC Week focussed on Aboriginal women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working for justice, equal rights, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate culture, language, music and art.
Our children learned how to make Lemon Myrtle Cake and we now share the recipe with you. Lemon myrtle is an Aboriginal tree plant which is famous for its flavour and healing properties.
125g butter, chopped
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
⅔ cup milk
Lemon myrtle powdered spice
- Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease a deep, 20cm round cake pan. Line base with baking paper.
- Beat butter, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl using an electric mixer, until pale and creamy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down sides of bowl. Lightly fold flour into creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Add lemon myrtle in with cake mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake for 40-45 mins, or until cooked.
- To make the vanilla icing: Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add butter, water and vanilla. Add a little lemon myrtle. Beat well with a wooden spoon until a smooth spreadable consistency. Spread over cooled cake.
- Source: Tuckerbush.com.au
There is no charge for the children who come to Stewart House and all costs are met by charitable donations.