Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country by Giordano Nanni

By Giordano Nanni

This publication tells the tale of 1 of the 1st sustained campaigns for justice, land rights and self-determination and gives an excellent instance of ways to proportion historical past with a large viewers. prolonged collaboration used to be the crucible for the skilful melding of scholarship, functionality and Aboriginal wisdom. utilizing the hugely renowned verbatim-theatre, expert actors deliver to existence those that testified on the 1881 Inquiry, letting them converse to a latest viewers. during this means, a number of the Aboriginal witnesses are rescued from dusty documents, and are back given voice. They contain popular Wurundjeri chief, William Barak. Adept at writing, expert at negotiation and resistance, and rightly pleased with their tradition and their luck of their farming ventures, it really is most unlikely to not be encouraged via the boys, girls and youngsters who petitioned the colonial executive. right here they're heard along their non-Aboriginal allies -- and the Aboriginal safety Board participants who hostile them. Coranderrk derives from the Ilbijerri Theatres construction, with large session with descendants of the Coranderrk community.Belvoir Theatre in Sydney will characteristic the play in the course of December 2013 and January 2014. utilizing Aboriginal peoples first-person tales (members of the Kulin clans and past) and the non-Aboriginal witnesses, Coranderrk finds how the method of operating among historical past and theatre can advertise schooling. An old advent offers a window onto the occasions which resulted in the institution of the Coranderrk group, the protest crusade that sparked the 1881 Parliamentary Inquiry, and the implications and aftermath of that Inquiry. In doing so it presents a deeper and extra actual figuring out of our shared colonial previous. Supplementing the ancient creation and extracts are biographies of the witnesses, and quite a number historic pictures and stills from the theatrical construction.

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As news spread of Coranderrk’s achievements, the original Woiwurrung and Taungerong pioneers were soon joined by surviving families from the Dja Dja Wurrung clans to the north-west of Melbourne. Every so often, people were thus reunited with long lost family members. 21 The next to come to Coranderrk were the surviving families from the Wathaurong clans, whose country is west of Melbourne. 22 Figure 4. 1867). Despite significant challenges, over time, the residents built a thriving community. Photo: Fred Kruger.

In particular: Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, Aunty Diane Kerr, Aunty Margaret Gardiner, Ros Frogley, Karen Jackson, the late John Parkinson, Sandra Bell and her family, Serena Wells, and several others who attended the performances. The remarkable collaboration their ancestors forged at Coranderrk serves as an example for all Australians today. At the time of writing, exactly 150 years have passed since Coranderrk’s establishment. We can think of no better way to commemorate this remarkable story than by allowing its protagonists to retell it today, in their own words.

Source: Museum Victoria (XP1931). Figure 10. 1877). Men, women and children worked together during the picking season and Coranderrk’s hops fetched some of the highest prices in the colony. Photo: Fred Kruger. Source: State Library of Victoria (H39614/3). When the Coranderrk residents protested, the Board sought to banish key members of the community who were perceived as stirring up dissent. 29 Green confronted Smyth over his policies, adamant that the station should only employ Aboriginal labour and that the Board should not interfere with his management.

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