NSW Trainlink pays tribute to Aboriginal railway workers for NAIDOC Week celebrations

NSW Trainlink has got into the NAIDOC Week celebrations, with Moree Train Station hosting a morning tea on Tuesday.

NSW Trainlink are hosting a number of events all across the state, but it was particularly significant for Moree as it was the first time in more than 20 years the town's station has been utilised after a customer service attendant was recently stationed there.

There was a significant Aboriginal representation in the men that built the railway, with around 100 workers from Moree, including Lloyd Bengle and Ron Swan who combined for more than 70 years of service.


Throughout NAIDOC Week, special Aboriginal mission sticks will travel through the state's different train lines, stopping in numerous stations for the week's events.

The 'My Lands' stick departed from Sydney, stopped in Tamworth before hitting Moree and will stop in Newcastle before returning to Sydney.

The 'My Lands' stick tells the story of artist Jason Douglas' lands of Kabi-Kabi and depicts the elders and important people in his mob as well as the country, waterways and mountain landscape of his lands.

There was also some interactive Aboriginal artwork on display at the station, where visitors could add their thumbprints to a naked tree.