The Yarrowee River: Peel To Prest- NAIDOC Week at Eureka Centre

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Join in for a discussion about a digital mapping project examining the history of the Yarrowee River, which like all waterways, is culturally significant and holds deep meaning to the Wadawurrung people. This collaboration between Federation University, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Corporation and the City of Ballarat looks at the devastating effect of colonisation on the river.

Known to the Wadawurrung people as Yaramlok, the river was irrevocably altered following the discovery of alluvial gold in Ballarat in the 1850s. As Ballarat’s population grew and settlements expanded, mining, endemic flooding, pollution and disease outbreaks led to the transformation of the river, including its redirection through the installment of bluestone channels. This project aims to improve the river’s environmental quality, local habitat and social value to the Ballarat community.

Join in for a discussion about the cultural and historical significance of the Yarrowee River from immemorial through to the present day. This conversation will give special attention to recent efforts to interpret, protect and rehabilitate the river, guided by Wadawurrung custodianship and cultural knowledge.

Chair: Dr David Waldron, Senior Lecturer in History, Federation University Australia.

Panellists: Shannen Mennen, Project Officer, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Kelly Ann Blake, Gherrang/Biodiversity Project Officer, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Master or Professional Archeology, La Trobe University.

Content: Eureka Centre

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  • Sat 13 Jul

2pm–3pm

Eureka Centre Ballarat

102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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