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Koorie Records Unit Newsletter

AUGUST 2011 - NUMBER 8           ISSN 1449-0323

The Koorie Records Unit Newsletter is published quarterly by the Koorie Records Unit (KRU) at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)

The KRU promotes awareness about Victorian Aboriginal records held by PROV and the National Archives of Australia and aims to improve the accessibility of these records to the wider Aboriginal community.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Know your history, Preserve your culture workshops
wilam naling Small Grants Scheme 2011
Footprints travelling exhibition launch and tour
Link Up Victoria National Sorry Day 2011
Footprints exhibition & book on ABC Radio National
Staffing changes in the Koorie Records Unit
Just Digitise It!

Know your history, Preserve your culture workshops

Presenters of the Koorie ‘Know Your History, Preserve Your Culture’ Workshop held in Mildura: (left to right) Bruce Smith, Ben James, Peta Knott, Ed Story, Sebastian Gurciullo, Nick Selenitsch and Miriam Troon.
Presenters of the Koorie ‘Know Your History, Preserve Your Culture’ Workshop held in Mildura: (left to right) Bruce Smith, Ben James, Peta Knott, Ed Story, Sebastian Gurciullo, Nick Selenitsch and Miriam Troon.
A series of free two-day workshops for the Aboriginal community commenced in Melbourne on 17 and 18 February. Further workshops have been held in Shepparton, Warrnambool, Mildura and Rosebud between March and July 2011. Workshops are currently being planned for Bendigo and the La Trobe Valley some time in September and October 2011, so stay tuned for further details once venues are confirmed.

The first day of the workshops covers support services, resources and collections for researching family and community history. The second day provides practical advice from industry experts on caring for and managing historical and cultural materials.

If you are interested in further information about these upcoming workshops email us at koorie.records@prov.vic.gov.auor phone the KRU on 1800 657 452.

wilam naling Small Grants Scheme 2011

Wilam naling Small Grants Postcard
Wilam naling Small Grants Postcard
Applications closed on 13 May 2011 for wilam naling Small Grants scheme.

The judging panel recently accessed the applications and made recommendations on which applications to fund. Successful applicants will be notified shortly of a formal event attended by Ian Hamm to publicly announce the successful applicants. At time of writing, this will most likely be scheduled in mid to late September 2011.

Footprints Travelling Exhibition Launch and Tour

Title banner from the Footprints touring exhibition
Title banner from the Footprints touring exhibition
Footprints: the journey of Lucy and Percy Pepperwas  launched by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon Jeanette Powell MP at the Victorian Archives Centre on Wednesday 16 March 2011, with Aunty Joy Murphy welcoming invited guests and community.

Footprintsfocuses on the lives of an Aboriginal family and their struggles for survival in late 19th century and early 20th century Victoria. Based on records available at Public Record Office Victoria, the exhibition also showcases material from other Victorian collections as well as contributions from Pepper family descendents.

The exhibition has already begun touring around Victoria, having been on display at Connecting Home in Collingwood, and then at Mornington Library and more recently at Preston Library. It will next go on show at Eastern Regional Libraries (Healesville Branch from Tuesday 6 September to Sunday 2 October 2011, and Belgrave Branch from Monday 3 October to 30 October 2011).

After that it travels to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, South Gippsland Highway, Korumburra where it will be on display between 4 November and 18 December 2011.

To find out more about the exhibition and to find out how to make a booking visit http://prov.vic.gov.au/footprints or call 1800 657 452. There is no charge for booking the exhibition for your local community centre.

Link Up Victoria – National Sorry Day

Wally Harrison, Case Manager, Link Up Victoria with Ed Story, KRU
Wally Harrison, Case Manager, Link Up Victoria with Ed Story, KRU
Sebastian Gurciullo and Ed Story both attended and participated in Link Up Victoria events to commemorate National Sorry Day.

Sebastian attended an event in Dandenong and Ed attend an event in Northcote to promote the work of the Victorian Archives Centre and the Koorie Records Unit in working with members of the Stolen Generations.

Footprintsbook and publication feature on ABC Radio National

Sebastian Gurciullo, Coordinator Koorie Records Unit, was recently interviewed by Lorena Allam from ABC Radio National about the Footprints book and the recent Footprints exhibition. Lorena also interviewed the Pepper family descendants Rita Watkins and Glenys Watts, along with Simon Flagg (formerly Manager of the KRU), and University of Melbourne historian Tony Brich. Two broadcasts on the story of the Pepper family will soon air on ABC Radio National (which is at 621AM on the dial in Melbourne).

Indigenous program Awaye! broadcast a 20-minute piece on Saturday 13 August at 6.00 pm about the Pepper family story as it was presented in Footprints, and the development and research of the book and the exhibition that followed. You can listen to the broadcast as a podcast available online at the ABC website at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/awaye/stories/2011/3288937.htm

An extended version of this broadcast will feature on 28 August on the ABC Radio National history program Hindsight. This will also be available as a podcast once it airs, and will be accessible at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/hindsight/

Staffing Changes in the Koorie Records Unit

Edward Story - recently resigned as Koorie Reference and Project Officer
Edward Story
Former Koorie Reference and Project Officer
soon to take up new role at Koorie Heritage Trust


Grace Baliviera
New Koorie Reference and Project Officer
starts 29 August 2011


Sebastian Gurciullo
Acting Coordinator Koorie Records Unit

There have been a number of staffing changes recently in the Koorie Records Unit (KRU). In May this year, Tsari Anderson went on maternity leave and Sebastian Gurciullo stepping into her role as Acting Coordinator, Koorie Records Unit. Sebastian will be acting in this role until June 2012.

In early August, Edward Story, Koorie Reference and Project Officer with the KRU announced that he would be resigning to take up a new role with the Koorie Heritage Trust working on their oral history program. We wish Ed the best of luck and thank him for his great contribution to the KRU during 2011.

Finally, with Edward Story's departure, we welcome Grace Baliviera to the role of Koorie Reference and Project Officer. Grace has been working in a number of roles at Public Record Office Victoria since 2008, including a brief acting stint in the role that she will now be permantly filling.

Just Digitise It!

Daniel Wilksch, Coordinator Online Projects
Demonstrates digitisation techniques at the
Just Digitise It! workshops
Digitising workshops coming to a place near you!

The Community Archives team at Public Record Office Victoria are delivering two-day practical workshop where participants learn how to digitise their cultural collections to preserve the material and make them more readily available. With organisations becoming increasingly interested in sharing their collections online, demand for information on digitising is growing. Workshops are planned for Melbourne on 1 and 2 September, and then in Mildura on 15 and 16 September. For further details can be obtained at http://prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/digitisation-basics.

For those who are interested these workshops send an email to community.programs@prov.vic.gov.au. Training material from these workshops will also be published online in the coming months, so keep an eye out; photos from the events are being posted in our Flickr gallery.

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