Xander Byng

“I feel connected to Canberra, Cooma and the South Coast where I spent most of my childhood and also to South Africa where my mum was born. I have a disjointed family history and a lot of those I consider my family aren’t biological family, but for me that’s not what determines family. My nan & pop live on a modestly sized property just outside of Cooma. I used to go down there loads and loved just meandering – to explore and lose myself as a kid in the bush. I uncovered this little glass jar – I was obsessed with the mystery behind it. I grew up loving the idea that the different sides of the family were from drastically different backgrounds, and uncovering this little object just felt so exciting.”

Xander Byng, Melbourne VIC

 

“It is commonplace for people to deny others’ feelings about our history, but this nation was colonised. Honouring our ancestral and family stories and learning from those around us is perhaps the best way that we can deepen our knowledge and connect to our nation – by acknowledging the past and supporting those who are hurting to heal.”

Xander Byng, Melbourne VIC