Eileen May Cook Born 1910 Passed 1999
Biripi and Worimi Traditional Owner of the Barrington & Gloucester Region
Married to Robert John Syron
Mother of 16 Children
Betty, Cecil, Dorothy, Robert, Lloyd, Jill, Kevin, John (Pat), Nora, Val, Elizabeth, Gordon, David, Barry, Susan and Denis Syron
Nana Syron was born on the Barrington near Gloucester and is a traditional Aboriginal woman of the Worimi and Biripi Nations.
Pauline’s Pop Bob Syron was also an Aboriginal man from Forster which is part of the Worimi nation.
The Syron family moved to Bulahdelah in the 1950’s and all attended Bulahdelah Central school.
Pauline is from a large family that are located throughout the district.
Pauline’s inspiration for Art is from her Nana as a storyteller.
“I could never tell stories as well as my Nana did, so I did what I know I can do well, and I keep her stories alive with storytelling through my artworks.”
“Nana could always make good of any situation, and find humour in anything, even the tough times, she was a very special lady.”