National Reconciliation Week 2016

Posted on 29 May 2016 by Luke Meney

Image of 'A corroboree on Emerald Hill in 1840' by Wilbraham Liardet

The theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week is ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’.

This year's theme inspired staff from our South Melbourne site to perform some research into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and story of the local area. This is what they discovered.

The South Melbourne area was originally an area rich in lagoons (one still remains in the form of Albert Park Lake) that surrounded the drier height of what local settlers came to know as Emerald Hill.

Emerald Hill was the site of Ngargee events that were occasions for the local Boon Wurrung people to honour guests. A famous Ngargee occurred on the hill in 1840 and the ceremony is captured in the painting A corroboree on Emerald Hill in 1840 by Wilbraham Liardet (pictured above).

The South Melbourne Town Hall replaced the Ngargee site in 1888.

This National Reconciliation Week, Australians will gather to celebrate and reflect on reconciliation as a crucial part of our nation’s story. Find out more here.   

The information above is from Yalukit Willam - The River People of Port Phillip, Meyer Eidelson, City of Port Phillip, 2014.