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Aboriginal History and Culture weekend

Aboriginal History and Culture weekend

Djargurdwurrung: First peoples of Camperdown District

After many COVID-related delays, we were finally able to deliver the second instalment of our local history project with the Camperdown & District Historical Society Inc.; “Camperdown and District Aboriginal History and Culture” seminar and bus tour.

The seminar, with over 60 attendees, was held at Camperdown’s Theatre Royal on Saturday 5th March, with talks from Dr Ian Clark, an expert in pre-settlement history in our region and John Clarke from Eastern Maar Corporation, along with musical performances from the talented Brett Clarke.

The sold out bus tour was held on Sunday 6th March, and was led by Dr Ian Clarke and Bob Lambell, touring significant sites across the district adding to the information and stories shared at the seminar and creating tangible connections to those stories for all who came along for the journey. 

It was a powerful weekend learning about and connecting to our local history.

Positive feedback

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive:

“I found it to be a deeply enriching and thought provoking weekend”

“We felt immersed in learning, reflecting and “feeling” , given the subject, for the entire weekend”

“The best thing I’ve ever been to on my life”

“Really worthwhile”.

Many thanks to everyone who made this possible

A huge thank you to John Clarke, Brett Clarke, Ian Clark and Bob Lambell for making this all possible, and to Camperdown’s Milk Bar, Cobden Coaches and Madden’s Commercial Hotel for your services and support of these events.

We hope this will be one of many community events that we can take part in to support such important conversations, community education and understanding of local history, place and community.

There are two more sessions coming up in this project series, so be sure to sign up to community house eNews to be first to know when the next session in this series is open for registration. Follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Copies of Dr Ian Clarke’s book covering local Aboriginal history are available at the Historical Centre and Visitor Information Centre (Courthouse Camperdown).

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