DEBBIE Dates hopes three story sticks – officially unveiled on the banks of Throsby Creek at Carrington on Sunday- can be used as an educational tool for children and a tourist attraction for visitors to the Hunter.
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SHARING HISTORY: Debbie Dates, centre, with her brother Worimi and his mother Beryl by the Rainmaker Eagle story stick at yesterday’s official unveiling. Picture: Phil Hearne

A smoking ceremony worked to cleanse the land before the traditional custodians of Throsby Creek, the Worimi people, shared their history.

Mrs Dates and her brother, Worimi Worrobunng, applied for funding through the City of Newcastle Make Your Place community grants program.

The family has lived in the area for generations.

Each story stick contains stories from Worimi’s father and two babies found in the creek during the late 1800s.

Mrs Dates said yesterday was about recognition for the Worimi people and the opportunity to tell the story of Carrington before it became a developed suburb.

“We want to use it as a culture centre so schools can come down and have a look and for cruise ships that come in we want to take people there and show them the history of Throsby Creek,” Mrs Dates said.

“In the future we want to do story sticks right around the walkway. There is so much to tell about growing up around the creek.”

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates during the traditional smoking ceremony. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates during the traditional smoking ceremony. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates near story sticks and carvings of tribesman and animals. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi’s grandson 5 y.o. Dunghutti. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi’s grandson 5 y.o. Dunghutti. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates with grandchildren 5 y.o. Dunghutti immersed in smoke and 6 y.o. Garuahgal during traditional smoking ceremony. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates with grandchildren 5 y.o. Dunghutti immersed in smoke and 6 y.o. Garuahgal during traditional smoking ceremony .Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates with grandchildren 5 y.o. Dunghutti immersed in smoke and 6 y.o. Garuahgal during traditional smoking ceremony. Picture Phil Hearne.

Scenes from Sunday’s ceremony at the unveiling of the story sticks at Throsby Creek. Worimi Dates during the traditional smoking ceremony. Picture Phil Hearne.