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Cover of Meet the Mob book - a collection of biographies of Aboriginal people who have made Newcastle their home

Meet the Mob who call Newcastle and the Hunter region home. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were interviewed by ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson and now we bring you the book of the podcast series! 

Featuring wonderful stories of the many Aboriginal people who were born in or have moved to Newcastle. Ths mob have achieved personal and professional success in sport, education, business, law, medicine and more, often facing challenges and barriers along the way.


Steve Lombardi as featured in Meet the Mob book

Brad Lombardi

“find your own success and don’t compare yours to the success of others”

Aunty Dorothy Wotherspoon

Aunty Dorothy Wotherspoon

First Aboriginal publican in Australia.
“Catho will always be an Aboriginal pub.”

Kandelka Knox

Kandelka Knox

“I played for Queesland Basketball League and then I played in America.”

Rod Smith

Rod Smith

“there’s a big life that can be lived if we face our fears.”

Brooke Roach

Brooke Roach

“Rugby League has kept me together and taught me important lessons about teamwork.”

Paul Callaghan

Paul Callaghan

“building my physical strength tapped into my mental and spiritual side and the three became far stronger”

In 2015, ABC radio presenter Jill Emberson interviewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of the Hunter region. These interviews became the podcast Meet the Mob. This was an important initiative for the Hunter region and showed Australia how life stories can be captured and celebrated.

Hunter Writers Centre is thrilled to release the book to accompany the audio series. Thanks to funding from Create NSW, this book is available for pre-sales for $30.00. 

Listen to Joy Reid, a proud Kamilaroi woman

Listen to Ray Kelly Snr, story teller, singer and language specialist

Jill Emberson, ABC Newcastle presenter

Jill Emberson

This project is supported by funding from

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We acknowledge the Awabakal and Worimi as the custodians of the lands on which we live, work and write.

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