Manningham Reconciliation Exhibit 24 May – 24 June 2017

Marlene Gilson "Eureka Stockade - The Battle Continues"
Manningham Art Gallery’s Annual Reconciliation Exhibit proudly showcases the unique voices of contemporary Indigenous artists from across Victoria including Marlene Gilson’s: “Eureka Stockade – The Battle Continues” (above.)  Exploring diverse themes from identity to postcolonial theory, feminism and street culture – works by Elizabeth Liddle, Bindi Cole, Josh Muir, Peter Waples-Crowe and Reko Rennie are also featured.
687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108 Tues – Sat 11 am – 5 pm
Contact: Manningham City Council (03) 9840 9333

Forum on Constitutional Change 22 February 2017

RECON MAN LOGO-1-150x150Reconciliation Manningham invites you to this most important forum on constitutional change

-and our Constitution should say so!

Three key speakers will highlight the need to remove the race-based provisions from the Australian Constitution and affirm that all Australians are equal and remain equal under the rule of law.

Bill Nicholson: ‘ From the Dreaming to the Nightmare’
Uncle Bill is an Elder and Education Programs Manager with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council. He will speak on the nature of Sovereignty in traditional Australian Society and the impacts of colonisation.

Anne Barton: ‘Australia for the White Man’
Anne is a Social Planner and great-granddaughter of Edmund Barton our first Prime Minister. Her talk will cover how the campaign for federation spawned the White Australia Policy, a legacy still with us.

Karen Milward:  ‘What makes us all Australian?’
Karen is a Yorta-Yorta woman and Consultant on Aboriginal cultural differences. She will
show how the land has continued to shape the Australian character, and forge our national
values of Mateship and the Right to a Fair Go -despite the racial clauses still present in our

Where: Manningham City Council Function Room, 1st Floor, 699 Doncaster Road When: 7.30pm, Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Registration via email is necessary. Contact:

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Join us at the sacred Wurundjeri site, at Pound Bend Tunnel Reserve Warrandyte, for a great family day of traditional Aboriginal games, mini Olympics style!

Games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson and Mandy Nicholson will guide you through traditional team challenges, such as throwing a ‘wit wit’, boomerang or (blunt) spear, marngrook (traditional football) tool making and campfire challenges. Fun cultural prizes will be awarded to the standout teams.

Starting with a traditional Wurundjeri Welcome and Smoking Ceremony, there will be traditional face painting, didgeridoo, dance and artefacts displays. Be sure to make time during your visit to enjoy the “Wurundjeri Stories” interactive signage trail, meandering along an easy 1km river-side track, capturing the remarkable Aboriginal history, culture and people associated with Pound Bend.

Venue:  Pound Bend Tunnel Reserve – parking is available on site, please follow the directional signage at the park entry towards the ‘Tunnel’ and ‘Picnic area’ Or park in the area above the Tunnel, across from entrance to the Picnic Area.
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Cost: Free

Further Information:

  • Please BYO Picnic food, picnic rugs/deck chairs
  • Coffee Cart will be on site for hot & cold drinks and snacks
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and runners
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Site is accessible for assisted wheel chairs and prams

Children should be supervised by an adult at all times as this event is alongside the river

For more information please contact Cultural Services on 9840 9246 or email

Proudly presented by Manningham Council in partnership with Bunjil’s Country, Wurundjeri Tribe Council and Parks Victoria.

NAIDOC WEEK 3-10 JULY 2016 2016NAIDOC 13 July 2016 Wurundjeri Triva Night 6-8 pm Fitzroy Bowls Club Denise McGuinnes MC

Indigenous Storytelling for Kids
3:45 pm workshop with cultural educator
Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray, whose warmth, compassion and knowledge raises awareness and is
“a joy to experience” suitable for 9-12 year olds.  At Bundoora Homestead Art Centre 7 – 27 Snake Gully Rd, Bundoora in conjunction with the exhibition: RE-VISIONING HISTORIES.  Bookings at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre website:


Dust of the Mindye

“The Dust of The Mindye” with foreword by Wurundjeri Elder & Manager of Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Council’s Education Programs, addresses “Australia’s Pock-Marked History – The use of Biological Warfare In the Conquest of Australia.” Uncle Bill says, “Jim’s ability to find contextual meaning shines through in the Dust of the Mindye.  His gifts as a story-teller are complemented by his intellectual skills and training as a forensic investigator. The result is a compellingly readable book that unfolds like a novel.”

Batman's 'Treaty'

“Batman’s ‘Treaty’ – The True Story. The validity of Batman’s version of his famous negotiations with the Wurundjeri to purchase land for the future site of Melbourne is freshly challenged in this brief and eye-opening account.    “Batman inspired passionate feelings either for or against him, in practically everyone he met or who viewed him through the prism of history.” Here we are treated to a fascinating and detailed analysis of both sides of the story.





REFLECTIVE CEREMONY Bolin-Bolin Billabong: Feb 2016

Uncle Bill Nicholson, Jim Poulter & Gwyn Roberts


February 10th 2016 (Ash Wednesday) members of Reconciliation Manningham attended a special reflective ceremony at Bolin-Bolin Billabong. Organised by the Manningham Uniting Church representative the event drew on commonalities within Aboriginal, Celtic and Judeo-Christian faiths. About fifty people enjoyed the special spiritual qualities of this traditional gathering place, as well as participating in an uplifting smoking ceremony and ritual ash marking conducted by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson and his son Will.
Gwyn Roberts from Uniting Church & Reconciliation Manningham is seen here with Jim Poulter, RM Secy and Uncle Bill Nicholson, Wurundjeri Elder. The event was fittingly accompanied by evocative sounds of the didgeridoo played by Frank O’Neill.