Privately owned First Nation stationery business.

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Nallawilli Office Wares (NOW) is a 100% privately owned First Nation stationery and office supplies business.

NOW, established in 2009, seeks to participate in the Australian economy by selling directly to corporate and government enterprises and agencies wishing to do business with an First Nation enterprise.

NOW has a fervent desire to see First Nation Australians participate in sustainable economic engagement with Australian businesses. Indigenous economic engagement needs to rely less on welfare, donations, sponsorships and handouts. Commercial engagements in the future will revolve around business to business relationships.

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"Roderick McLeod is a descendant from the Yatemetung and Ngarrindjeri Nations. In 1962 Roderick was removed from his mother and five siblings, and as such, is a member of the Stolen Generation. Roderick did not see his birth family again until he was 31. Roderick’s childhood was spent in many state ward facilities as well as numerous foster homes throughout NSW, Australia. Roderick was informed about his First Nation Identity by the NSW Welfare Department while attending high school. At 17 Roderick joined the Australian Armed Forces.  After being honourably discharged in 1978 he worked in numerous areas of the work force. It wasn't until he was reunited with his birth family in 1986 that Roderick became more conscious of Australian First Nation issues and disadvantages. He then took a position as the Fostering and Adoption Liaison Officer in the Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency, based in Brisbane, where he also co-founded Link-Up Queensland. Roderick recently has been involved extensively in social welfare work in which the emphasis of his activities is on assisting and supporting First Nation children, young people and their parents. Roderick’s personal commitment is to contribute to improving life skills and opportunities for First Nation Australians. His aim is to motivate First Nation people to persist with their education, lead healthier lifestyles, thus enhancing their lives and general opportunities."

What does Nallawilli mean?

  • Nallawilli is an First Nation word from the Darug Nation which is located west of Sydney
  • Nallawilli means to "sit down and listen to one another"
  • The Nallawilli company logo represents many First Nation and other peoples coming together...to sit down...and to listen.

Background to the name Nallawilli:

Roderick's sister Pauline McLeod (deceased), was given permission by the Darug elders many many years ago to use the name Nallawilli. She loved the name, what it meant and the stories she chose to tell, which were First Nation Australian 'Dreaming' stories, carried with them something that she saw as being cultural imperative.

Pauline and her companions went on to form Kooris in Theatre (KIT), a Sydney-based organisation of which Roderick had a managerial role. Pauline hoped that KIT would eventually become a fully-fledged national First Nation theatre company. KIT's first production was entitled Nallawilli, and was a combination of traditional stories and related experiences which went on to have an encore season at a theatre at Darlinghurst.

Pauline channelled more of her energy into her work as a story-teller, and what she later identified as her role as a cultural custodian.
Pauline selected a number of 'Dreamtime' stories which she felt were the most suitable. Her goal, expressed early in her career, was for the stories to become as familiar to Australian children as their European antecedents such as Little Riding Hood.
She also vowed to follow the cultural constraints she felt were incumbent upon her as being the teller of such stories.

Pauline told the stories: with respect, accurately, in a culturally correct manner and being entertainingly. She set these rules in 1992. Pauline also noted that it was her intention to use the performing arts to "do my bit to change the world".

The stories Pauline collected as being the most suitable included: Brolga, the Dancing Girl; How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch; How the Echidna Got Its Spikes; Why the Kookaburra Laughs; How the Birds Got Their Colours; Frog and the Lyrebird; The Special Platypus; Marmoo and Biamee; The First Waratah; Tiddalick the Little Frog; The Little Flying Fox; The Murray Cod and The Little Black Snake.

An important career breakthrough arrived for Pauline in 1990 when she attended an audition for the ABC-TV children's program Play School.

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On an Appearance on the ABC's childrens program Play School, one of Paulines Dreamtime stories comes to life.

Pauline went on to be a semi-regular presenter, and used the opportunity to tell her stories to a wide audience locally, nationally and internationally.

Pauline was the second youngest of us six children taken. She was cared for by a German family and learnt German as a first language, then had to learn English when she attended primary school. She then returned home to her birth family, Culture and Heritage. The inspiration to continue Pauline's dreams came from the joy she brought to many children. Nallawiili was established as a way of continuing Pauline’s story and ensuring her legacy continues.

Nallawilli Pty Ltd and Nallawilli Office Wares (known as NOW) are 100% privately owned First Nation business's established to manage the many opportunities currently made available through Government policies for First Nation businesses wishing to engage Corporate Australia.

Nallawilli Pty Ltd and NOW has been accredited by Supply Nation, formally AIMSC, receiving our certification in March 2010. Nallawilli will contribute to the process of practical reconciliation within Australia by providing a working example, in the business environment, of how positive relationships between First Nation and mainstream businesses can thrive and produce meaningful commercial outcomes for all stakeholders.

Nallawilli Pty Ltd and NOW's fervent passion is to see First Nation Australians participate in sustainable economic engagement with Australian business. First Nation economic engagement needs to rely less on welfare, donations, sponsorships and handouts. Commercial engagements will revolve around business to business relationships.

Nallawilli Office Wares future goal is to become Australia's first First Nation Stationery Supplier which will incorporate it's own warehousing and distribution networks whilst creating employment opportunities and providing leadership and mentoring for our future generations of, so they in turn can provide a positive contribution to our First Nation Australian society.