Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Revisiting Indigenous Cultural and cultivated Landscapes.

Castlemaine Festival Open Studios Exhibition

Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Revisiting Indigenous Cultural and cultivated Landscapes.

Morrell Gallery

139 Mostyn st. Castlemaine. 

Sat 18th – 25th March

12 – 5 pm.

 

Exploration & Invasion to Goldrush.  1835 – 1851.

In 1835 John Batman established an illegal settlement in Port Phillip Bay.

In 1836, Major T L Mitchell Expedition journeyed through Dja Dja Wurrung Country, the Castlemaine region.  – describing it as the “Australia Felix” -the happy & abundant Australia.

And it was/is.

Home of the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples, for many millennia,

living rich Cultural and Spiritual lives,

in abundant Cultural, cultivated and created Landscapes.

Within a diverse & extraordinary geological bio region.

Time to revisit this forgotten Chapter.

Exploration, Invasion, Land rush to Gold rush. 1836 – 1851.

It’s time to broaden the grand narrative of the colonial gold rushes, to reveal Indigenous Cultural landscapes, enjoying a temperate climate within a well watered and abundant geological & ecological region; Land Grab and Pastoral Invasion of an unprecedented scale; Dispossession & dislocation of Indigenous Peoples;

Before the wild and woolly Gold Rush(s).

These ideas & interpritations, will be presented through referring to source documents, maps, books, paintings and images, weaving a multi disciplinary Visual Narrative through images and words.

elizatree@castlemaine.net