Saturday 11 March 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm
Pick up: Melbourne CBD (location and further details provided on booking)
Cost: $50 Full / $35 Concession, includes return transport, Indigenous Welcome and Smoking Ceremony, tour of site and expert commentary
BYO drink and lunch
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Join Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell) and guests on a bus tour to the important Wurundjeri heritage site of Wil-im-ee Moor-ing (Mount William greenstone quarry) near Lancefield in regional Victoria.
For thousands of years Aboriginal people quarried greenstone (volcanic diorite) from Wil-im-ee Moor-ing/Mount William to make the hatchet heads for their axes. The quarry was the centre of an extraordinary trading network that extended 700 kilometres into New South Wales as well as into South Australia. In 1882 and 1884 Wurundjeri elder William Barak witnessed the final operations of the quarry, describing aspects of its custodial control to anthropologist, Alfred Howitt. On 23rd October 2012, the land title of the Wil-im-ee Moor-ing/Mount William quarry was handed back to Kulin elders and is now under the control of the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Cultural Heritage Council.
Wurundjeri elder, Bill Nicholson Jnr, will perform a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony before providing a site tour and introduction to Wurundjeri history and environmental sustainability. Expert commentary will also be provided on the day by academics from Monash University together with staff from Museums Victoria and Macleay Museum, University of Sydney.
With a focus on intersections between the earth sciences and Indigenous history and knowledges, the tour will provide participants with an insight into the Wurundjeri people’s long term relationship to this site and the geological processes that continue to shape Victoria’s landscape.
This tour is part of the public program for Open Spatial Workshop’s (OSW) exhibition Converging in time, currently showing at Monash University Museum of Art until 8 April 2017. Converging in time continues OSW's sculptural investigation into forces of material formation. Drawing on extensive research of Museums Victoria’s Geosciences collection, the exhibition explores relationships between the mineral formation of sites and the societies they produce and sustain.
Speakers on the day include:
Bill Nicholson Jnr, Wurundjeri Elder and Cultural Education Manager, Wurundjeri Council
Julie Boyce, Research and Teaching Associate, School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, Monash University
James Driscoll, Research Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University
Dermot Henry, Acting Head of Sciences, Museums Victoria
John Patten, Manager, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Museum Victoria
Matt Poll, Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, The University of Sydney
Andrew Milner, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Monash University