Gordon + Elaine Syron wish to pay their respects to the elders, past and present, of

  • the Gadigal people, to whom the land south of Sydney Harbour first belonged,
  • the Gameragal people of the lower north shore of Sydney, to whom that land first belonged,
  • the Garigal people of the northern beaches of Sydney, to whom that land first belonged.


Gordon + Elaine Syron also wish to acknowledge the incredible amount of support, assistance and encouragement of so many people over the years

Keeping Place Patrons at September, 2016

Dr Jeff McMullen AM. Acts as both Patron and Spokesman for the Keeping Place. Journalist, author, film maker, for over 45 years, ABC Foreign Correspondent, reporter on Four Corners, 60 Minutes. CEO Ian Thorpe’s Fountain For Youth, a Leader of the Protest Against the NT Intervention.

Philip Ruddock. Former Federal Minister for Berowra and Father of the House till his retirement from Parliament in July 2016.

Honorable Michael Kirby AC CMG. Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, appointed to the UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry on North Korea. Hand delivered a very large painting by Gordon Syron to Queen Elizabeth II, on behalf of The Keeping Place.

Professor Larissa Behrendt. Professor of Law, Director of Research, Jumbunna House of Indigenous Learning, University of Technology Sydney, NAIDOC Person of the Year 2009, NSW Person of the Year 2010, wrote Proposal for The Keeping Place, 2008

Professor Margo Neale. Key Supporter from 1998 to to Gordon and Elaine Syron. Indigenous Head Curator, Principal Advisor to the Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Alex Gaffikin. Head of Interpretation & Design, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Previous roles: Interpretation Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, former Scientist with British Antarctic Survey, based in Antarctica.

Terry Cutcliffe. International Curator. Exhibited a selection of Gordon Syron artworks in Serbia, 2011. Curated “For The Dead They Are Many”, Aboriginal Diggers historical solo exhibition of Gordon Syron artworks.

Craddock Morton. Former Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Organised and purchased a package of $50,000 worth of artworks from The Syrons Keeping Place, and further $200,000 collection of Gordon Syron’s artworks.

Rev John Queripel. Minister of Uniting Church, Bondi Beach.

John Morse AM. Consultant & Advisor to Indigenous Tourism. Former CEO of Tourism Australia. Year 2000.

Ronni Kahn. Founder & CEO of OzHarvest, Australian Hero of the Year 2011.

Darren Halloran. Field Supervisor, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Jenny Fraser. Aboriginal Curator, author of “Gordon Syron, 70 years, Internationally Recognised Artist”.

Tony Barry. Actor in over 50 feature films and more than 50 TV series and documentaries. Social and environmental activist, worked tirelessly assisting with Gordon Syron’s release from prison late 1970s to 1982. Worked in prisons for over 11 years, assisted the Fitzgerald Inquiry, QLD, which brought about better conditions for prisoners. Recently appeared as speaker on ABC TV’s Q&A.

Past Patrons

Chicka Dixon. 2004-2010, leader of Aboriginal people, wharfie, social activist, respected elder officially opened Black Fella’s Dreaming Museum 2004. Now deceased.

Clover Moore. MP Darlinghurst, 2004-2006. Became Lord Mayor of Sydney over this time and resigned when the Darlinghurst museum closed in 2005-2006.

Josephine Cashman. 2013-2014, Aboriginal lawyer, Managing Director of Riverview Global Partners, member of Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, member of Committee To Save The Keeping Place Redfern 2008-2010.

Past Spokespersons

Former Councillor Irene Doutney. City of Sydney Council. Greens Party.

Millie Ingram. Respected Aboriginal Elder, CEO of Wyanga, Elected on the Region for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for the Wiradjuri, Assistant Secretary Aboriginal Affairs, Board Member of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Selected to deliver “Welcome to Country” at the funeral of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 2014.

Legal Consultant

Delwyn Everard. Senior Solicitor, Arts Law of Australia. Legal adviser to Keeping Place 2009-2014.

Special Advisor

Daryl Maguire. NSW MP for Wagga Wagga. Former Government Whip, now Parliamentary Secretary. Has spearheaded and volunteered his time to advise the Syrons and their campaign team to Save The Keeping Place, 2010-2014.

History Adviser

Dr Keith Vincent Smith is a specialist in the history of Indigenous people on the east coast of Australia  around Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay and Pittwater.  His research and writing is focused on the period of first contact with European people, beginning with Captain Cook at Botany Bay in 1770.  His publications include the stories of Bungaree,  many entries  in The Dictionary of Sydney and The Australian Dictionary of Biography, as well as forthcoming profiles on Arabanoo and Bennelong No one knows more about the First Australians whose origins in the Sydney region go back 40,000 years or more before the 1st Convict sailed through Sydney Heads on 26th January, 1788.  See also

Core Team Driving the Keeping Place Project since October 2014

Mel Tyas.  Senior Ranger with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service at Middle Head, Mosman.

Alex Gaffikin. Head of Interpretation & Design, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Previous roles: Interpretation Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, former Scientist with British Antarctic Survey, based in Antarctica.

Ebony Secombe. Curator with the Keeping Place Project and Syron Art Collections in 2015.

Robyn Straub. Former CEO of a Local Aboriginal Land Council, created programs for Indigenous young people at AFL, not running vocational training and employment programs for a major Australian retailer.  Robyn is also one of the Subject Matter Experts (SME) on corporate governance for the Keeping Place Project.

Tess White.  CEO Midnight Basket Ball.   Provides invaluable advice on corporate governance and business strategy to the Keeping Place Project, not to mention lengthy storage for many valuable photos, pieces of sculpture and bulky artefacts.

John Young. Director Strategy. CEO Yindi Systems. Originally trained and practised as an Architect in Sydney and UK.  Moved into IT industry doing marketing, business development and channels roles.  Semi-retired John now focuses on pro bono projects, typically associated with social change and built on the Internet.



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