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Bus Tour to Wil-im-ee Moor-ing (Mount William greenstone quarry, Lancefield): Open Spatial Workshop - Converging in time


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

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

Monash University Museum of Art acknowledge the Boon Wurung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations on whose land MUMA is located. We pay our respects to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and celebrate the rich, ancient and continuing art cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

Image: Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell), Greenstone collected between 1853-68 from Wil-im-ee Moor-ring/Mt William, Lancefield, Museums Victoria collection. Photo: Andrew Curtis.

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