The Wollotuka Institute
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan 2308 NSW Australia
Phone: +61 2 4921 6863
Fax: +61 2 4921 6985
On the Callaghan campus Wollotuka is housed in a uniquely designed learning space, the Birabahn building, which was developed to incorporate aspects of Indigenous practices and culture to present staff, students and community with a warm familiar environment.
Opened in 2002, the Birabahn building is located on the land of the traditional Indigenous owners, the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal nation.
The spirit of Birabahn the eaglehawk, which is the primary totem of the Awabakal people, is reflected in the design of the building. An aerial view reveals the roof span as the wings of the eaglehawk outstretched and soaring over its traditional lands.
Birabahn was also an Aboriginal scholar in the early nineteenth century. He was widely admired by Europeans for his intellectual ability and fluency in the English language, and was awarded a brass plate by the Governor of the colony for this skill. Accordingly, the name Birabahn reflects the long tradition of Indigenous scholarship.
On the Central Coast campus the Institute is housed in the Gibalee Centre.
The Gibalee Centre was officially opened by Senator Aden Ridgeway on 5 November 1999.
Wollotuka also has an office on the Port Macquarie Campus.