My Name is Darby Ingram. I am a proud Wiradjuri and Pacific Island woman from rural NSW.
My maternal family are First Nations people. The Wiradjuri nation are river people. We nurture the Wambool (Macquarie) the Calare (Lachlan) and the Murrumbidgee rivers, which all run through country. My family have connections to the Murrumbidgee river, in a small town a short walk from the banks of the bidgee the Carrolls and Ingrams along with over thirty other Koori families set up home at what became known as “the Sandhills”.
This is where my grandparents grew up, socialised and went to church. We were fringe dwellers, excluded from the community- but we were safe together. The Sandhills reads as “Hill 60” on Narrandera’s town map. I named my blog this as an homage to people, they taught me the importance of story telling and Authenticity.
Four years ago now, I began writing a small blog during my gap year. It was a way for me to express myself and keep myself stimulated. HS has become so much more than that, not only do I get to process young adulthood, share my creativity and joy- but the readers and followers that engage share their joy and experiences as well. I am so thankful for this exchange, these friendships are what motivate me to continue with HS while studying and working.
Story telling is innate to me, my families and cultures have a rich, dense and complex culture. Both of which depend upon their stories and connections to withstand the history in which they’ve endured. While you’re reading the blogs, the interviews or the affirmations; if you stay still enough you may hear my ancestors sharing their story too.
“Wiray Ngiyang Wiray Mayiny”
“No Language No People”
-Uncle Stan Grant & Aunty Flo Grant