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.

Dreamtime Storytime


Wednesday 28 May 2014: 11:00am – 11:45am, Doncaster Library MC², Ground Floor, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108

Elder Uncle John Baxter will delight children with his dreamtime stories and fun exploration of Aboriginal Arts and Culture. Session ideal for children up to 5years. Visit:

Free event, no bookings required. Contact Name Laura Tan Phone Number (03) 9877 8500 or

Wurundjeri Stories at Pound Bend: Interpretive Trail Walk

Wurundjeri tories

Tuesday 3 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Pound Bend – Warrandyte State Park, Lower Tunnel Car Park
(follow the directional arrows), Pound Bend Road, Warrandyte

Uncle Bill Nicholson will guide a Wurundjeri Stories easy trail walk at Pound Bend, taking a journey back in time to traditional days when the Wurundjeri people cared for the country around Pound Bend. He will share his ancestors stories of survival, hope and loss that was associated with this sacred site, which is one of the most significant sites in Melbourne in terms of Aboriginal removal from traditional lands.

Children will enjoy interactive challenges along the trail walk ,so please bring the family and prepare for wet weather.

Sorry Business Reconciliation Week Launch Event

SorryDay2014Manningham City Council will acknowledge National Sorry Day with a Wurundjeri Elder address. The address will reflect on the importance of the 2008 Apology Speech, and explore its impact on the Indigenous community and the ongoing journey of reconciliation.

The event is set within the stunning 2014 Reconciliation Exhibition entitled ‘Multiplicity’, and features a didgeridoo performance and Aboriginal flag raising ceremony. The event celebrates the launch of Manningham’s National Reconciliation Week Program for 2014.

Monday 26 May (National Sorry Day), 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Manningham Art Gallery, MC² (Manningham City Square)
Ground Floor, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Still time to see the “Multiplicity” exhibition

josh muir dream resized

Manningham Art Gallery’s annual celebration of National Reconciliation Week, this year’s exhibition presents the respective work of emerging artist Josh Muir and Winner of the 2014 CAL Victorian Indigenous Art Award for three dimensional works, Georgia MacGuire.

The event also featured a traditional welcome to country address by a Wurundjeri Elder.

Opening Night: Wednesday 14 May, 6.00 – 8.00pm.  Tel: 9840 9137, Free Admission

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 14 May – Saturday 7 June Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am – 5.00pm





We are very excited to finally be naming this magnificent Aboriginal Scar Tree with a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony conducted by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson. Please join us for this historical occasion.Join us to celebrate one of the most important Wurundjeri scar trees in Melbourne.

This magnificent tree stands at the junction point of five traditional Wurundjeri songline routes. Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson will conduct a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and officially name the tree.

You will also be treated to a performance by One Fire Dance Troupe and discover fascinating facts about Wurundjeri movements across the land.

Kids will be entertained with storytelling and art activities.

In association with Wurundjeri Tribe Land Cultural Heritage Council and Manningham Reconciliation Inc.

06 OCTOBER 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Venue Heide gardens, near upper car park -FREE

7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen VIC 3105
T (03) 9850 1500

General enquiries

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CORANDERRK FESTIVAL 16 MARCH 2013 12 noon – 8 pm Healesville

Sat 16 March, 12 noon – 8 pm @ 19 Barak Lane  Healesville (off C411 – the
Healesville-Koo-Wee Rup Road
Come and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station at the request of Wurundjeri Elders.  Join descendants of the original community for a day of music, yarns and memories, photos, food, market stalls and children’s activities.

A highlight of the festival will be a music program, beginning at midday and continuing through the evening. Artists include Yung Warriors, Kutch and Band, Coloured Stone and Sebastian Jorgensen.

Please note the festival site is a working paddock, so….
Tickets at the gate: $25 family (2 adults + 3 kids) $10 Single Concession $5 Kids $15 Adults non concenssion

CORANDERRK STORY as per Wikipedia
Coranderrk was a Aboriginal Government Reserve set up at the request of Wurundjeri Elders, in 1863 under the  protectionist policies to provide land for Aboriginal people who had been dispossessed by the arrival of Europeans to the state of Victoria 30 years prior.[1][2] The reserve was formally closed in 1924, with most residents removed to Lake Tyers Mission. Five older people refused to move and continued living there until they died. James Wandin was the last person born at Coranderrk Station, in 1933, in the home of his grandmother, Jemima Wandin.[3]

In February 1859 some Wurundjeri elders, led by Simon Wonga (aged 35) and brother Tommy Munnering (aged 24) petitioned Protector William Thomas to secure land for the Kulin at the junction of the Acheron and Goulburn rivers. Initial representations to the Victorian Government were positive, however the intervention of the most powerful squatter in Victoria, Hugh Glass, resulted in their removal to a colder site, Mohican Station, which was not suitable for agricultural land and had to be abandoned.[4][5]

In March 1863 after three years of upheaval, the surviving Wurundjeri leaders, among them Simon Wonga and William Barak, led forty Wurundjeri, Taungurong (Goulburn River) and Bun warrung people over the Black Spur and squatted on a traditional camping site on Badger Creek near Healesville and requested ownership of the site. They were anxious to have the land officially approved so that they could move down and establish themselves. An area of 9.6 km² was gazetted on 30 June 1863, and called ‘Coranderrk’, at the Aboriginal people’s suggestion. This was the name they used for the Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos), a white flowering summer plant which is indigenous to the area.

Coranderrk Station ran successfully for many years as an aboriginal enterprise selling wheat, hops and crafts to the growing market of Melbourne.[4] The produce from the farm won first prize at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1881;[6] and other awards in previous years, such as 1872.[7]

By 1874 the Aboriginal Protection Board (APB) were looking at ways to undermine Coranderrk by moving people away due to their successful farming practices. The general community also wanted the mission closed as the land was too valuable for Aboriginal people.[8]

A Royal Commission in 1877 and a Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881 on the Aboriginal ‘problem’ produced the Aborigines Protection Act 1886, which required ‘half-castes under the age of 35′ to leave, meaning around 60 residents were ejected from Coranderrk on the eve of the 1890s Depression. This made Coranderrk a non-viable enterprise, as it left only around 15 able-bodied men to work the previously successful hop gardens.[7] Almost half the land was resumed in 1893; and by 1924 orders came for its closure as an Aboriginal Station, despite protests from Wurundjeri returned servicemen who had fought in World War I.[4] Many people were relocated to Lake Tyers in Gippsland though a few people did refuse to move.

In 1920, Sir Colin MacKenzie, a leading medical researcher, leased 78 acres (320,000 m2) from the Aboriginal Protection Board to begin his work in comparative anatomy with Australian fauna. This was the catalyst for the creation of the Healesville Sanctuary.[9]

Coranderrk eventually became unoccupied, and in 1950 the land was handed over to the Soldier Settlement Scheme.

Many Aboriginal families remain around the Upper Yarra and Healesville area. In March 1998 part of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station was returned to the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council when the Indigenous Land Corporation purchased 0.81 km².[10]




OPENING CEREMONY WARRANDYTE FESTIVAL with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson telling the Story of Warrandyte Dreaming, Traditional Smoking Ceremony, ONE FIRE TRIBAL DANCERS & DIDGERIDOO @ Main Stage Stiggants Reserve, 12 Noon Saturday 23 March 2013
PLUS UNVEILING CEREMONY 1:30 pm                  

CEREMONIAL UNVEILING of TWO HISTORICAL BRONZE PLAQUES commemorating the Last Great Inter-Tribal Corroboree hosted by the Wurundjeri people on their own land at Pound Bend in 1852 where for two weeks they performed tribal ceremonies and played Marngrook – the precursor to AFL footy. Stories of battle and cooperation between our first peoples and new settlers will be told by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson and Jim Poulter, Historian and member of a first settler family in the area.  1:30 pm @ Taroona Ave/ Everard Drive car park entrance to Stiggants Reserve (Mel 23 C12.) 2:30 pm  PLUS Unveiling by Wurundjeri Elder Auntie Di Kerr in North Warrandyte @ the end of The Blvd @ the confluence of Stony Creek & the Yarra (Mel ref 23 C9.)

Reconciliation Manningham-Nillumbik Reconciliation Group Stalls at the two-day Festival will have activities for children, books and displays of fascinating historical artifacts and stories of our first peoples, as well as information on current indigenous issues and campaigns.