Monday, 14 May 2012

Aboriginal cultural heritage walk to be held at Big Rock, You Yang

 The walk is to be held on Monday 28 May 2012 and Sunday 3 June 2012 commencing @ 10.30 am.

Interested participants should register with Council FIRST as places are limited to 30 persons per walk.

If any member of One Fire Reconciliation group is interested please phone Julie or Cassandra at the City of Greater Geelong on ph 5272 5024 from Monday 14 May 2012.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Djillong and Wathaurong on The Pulse - download the podcast

Djillong and Wathaurong

Greg Mc Henry writes:

"I chat with Uncle David Tournier, Ron Milligan and Glenda McNaughton about our local history, and how they are on a quest to collect as much information and any artifacts that will tell us the real stories. We talk of The Mystery of the Medal? where is Dan Dan Nook's medal now?

Dan Dan Nook (Derdanook) is a Wathaurong man who competed in the early Highland games in the region. He won a medal which proclaimed him to be the 'fastest runner in Geelong'. He was chief of the Barrabool clan. He died of tuberculosis in the Geelong Invalid Asylum in 1870 and is buried in the Western cemetery. After his death there was only one traditional Wathaurong living in the Geelong region.

And we hear about a song written by Ron, about Willem Baa Nip (King Billy), the last of the local Wathaurong.

We also talk about the Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group that is showing Indigenous films - check their site for more information.

If you have any information or artifacts, call Uncle David on 5277 0044 or call in at 62 Morgan St. North Geelong."

From The Pulse website:

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Date for your diary - Sunday 13th May, ABC Message Stick Program

Senior Australian of the Year: Racing against Time

95 years young ‘Big Boss’ Laurie Baymarrwangga has launched a new project amid renewed calls to save Australia’s threatened indigenous languages. The Senior Australian of the year is working hard on a trilingual Yan-nhangu Dictionary Publishing Project that she hopes will be distributed to every primary school in Australia. A unique and profoundly important project. Working from her homeland on remote Murrungga Island she believes this three language learning resource will protect her rare language Yan-nhangu, and help promote the living language Dhuwal/a, (7000 speakers). It will also encourage English-bilingual teaching and indigenous language education across Australia. Filled with colour pictures, ecological knowledge, art, songs and stories of country that are the real jewels of our distinctive national cultural heritage. Her amazing life story ‘Big Boss: Race against Time’ will screen on Sunday the 13th of May at 1.30pm on the ABC’s Message Stick Program.

Details can be found at

Reminder - Film night for Reconciliation on 15th May

A great opportunity to see Mad Bastards - “a beautifully measured take on violence and redemption … irresistible … a sublime soundtrack… a triumph in every sense.” (94 mins)
  • Venue: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, Lot 62 Morgan Street, North Geelong Victoria 3215 (please park outside the entrance, and follow the signs)
  • Time: 7.30pm, 15th May, 2012
  • Cost: donations appreciated

All movies will include some discussion time afterwards.

Please let us know if you need help to get there:

Discovering Your Mob Geelong 4 May 2012

Geelong Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong

A day of information about researching family and community connections and
cultural heritage through the collections of Public Record Office Victoria
and National Archives of Australia, with contributions from the Wathaurong
Aboriginal Cooperative.

Free event but bookings are essential – call 03 9348 5600 or email