Bend in the Yarra by Ian D. Clark
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Bend in the Yarra
By Ian D. Clark

A Bend in the Yarra

A History of the Merri Creek Protectorate Station and Merri Creek Aboriginal School 1841-1851

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Bend in the Yarra by Ian D. Clark

Book Description

The historical landscape of the Yarra Bend Park marks one of the most significant post-contact Aboriginal sites in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The confluence of Merri Creek and the Yarra River was the focus of interaction between Victorian Aboriginal communities, particularly the Wurundjeri people, government officials and settlers during the early years of contact in the Port Phillip District. At this site was located the Western Port or Melbourne Protectorate District Headquarters (1842-1849), the Merri Creek Aboriginal School (1845-1851), the Native Police Corps Headquarters(1842-1843) and associated Aboriginal burials. The area is also identified with important individuals including Billibellary, an Aboriginal ngurungaeta or clan-head who died at this location in 1846, and William Thomas, Assistant Protector of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate. A place for Aboriginal community meetings, ceremonies, judicial proceedings, councils and debates for a range of Aboriginal clans, the Yarra bend was also a preferred place of residence. The location of this 'little settlement' gave Aboriginal people -- from near and far -- access to the colonial economy and European cultures, at a time when pre,-contact ways of life were increasingly frustrated and undermined by the incursion of mostly British settlers. This area continued to hold significance to Aboriginal people after the 1840s, linking pre- and post-contact histories and geographies. The place has added importance in the early twenty-first century as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians address the legacies of our contact past. This book provides an authoritative analysis of Aboriginal cultural institutions in colonial Victoria. It will interest organisations involved in Indigenous cultural tourism, and prove a valuable resource for schools teaching Victorian Indigenous history, society and geography. Above all, it is an engaging and accessible history of a popular Melbourne parkland.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780855754693
ISBN-10: 0855754699
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 280mm x 8mm)
Pages: 90
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Ian D. Clark

Ian Clark is a senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Ballarat, and has a doctorate in Aboriginal historical geography from Monash University. Toby Heydon is a Melbourne-based historian with most of his energies directed towards the field of Victorian Aboriginal historical geography.

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