When gold was discovered in Australia in the 1850s, it led to a gold rush. Prospectors came to the country from all over the world, with the largest foreign contingent coming from China.
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The story of colonial surveyor and explorer John Helder Wedge, one of the forgotten founders of Melbourne.
Wedge arrived in Van Diemens Land with his brother in 1824, and went on to map some of the most isolated regions of contemporary Tasmania. Later he became involved, along with John Batman and fellow entrepreneurs, in the claim to the Port Phillip area, later the settlement of Melbourne. A fervent Anglican, Wedge helped fashion Batman’s famous treaty with local Aboriginal clans of Port Phillip Bay. He had witnessed and documented the treatment of Tasmania’s Indigenous population — something he did not want to see repeated in the settlement on the mainland.
A member of the Royal Geographic society, Wedge, like many of his 19th century contemporaries, was a curious and keen collector of Aboriginal material culture. These artefacts included some spears and clubs, which may have come to Wedge through his association with the escaped convict William Buckley, who lived with the Aboriginal people along the western coastline of Victoria for more than thirty years.
Wedge sent most of his collection of Aboriginal artefacts back to his father in Britain, and they ended up in small museum in the market town of Saffron Walden.
A number of these artefacts are in a permanent exhibition which has opened in the new Landmarks Gallery at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Historian, Monash University (http://arts.monash.edu.au/history/staff/battwood.php)
Historian, University of Newcastle (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/staff/profile/lyndall.ryan.html)
Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia
Further Information: National Museum of Australia (http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/landmarks/)
John Helder Wedge’s Field Book (http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our-collections/treasures-curios/wedge-field-book)
The State Library of Victoria has digitised John Helder Wedge’s Field Book, includes an introduction to the book.
The Maribyrnong is a short river, only 50 km from tip to toe, but it has a long history.
The Maribyrnong river valley in Melbourne has been home to the Marin Balug people of the Kulin nation for some 40,000 years and bears many signs of their presence.
It was also a major channel for the European occupation of Port Phillip, first as a pathway to the Western District for sheep-owners and their stock, then as a source of bluestone and sand for the growing city and a dumping ground for its noxious wastes.
Jenny Lee’s walking tour starts above the bend in the river that is the site of the now-defunct Commonwealth Explosives Factory, and takes in sites of Indigenous settlement, industry around the river and the current McMansion invasion.
The tour goes for 27 minutes and has 9 stops.
YOUR TOUR GUIDE JENNY LEE Jenny Lee became an editor by accident in 1982, when she began working on a multi-author history of Australia (A People’s History of Australia, 4 vols, 1988). She edited the literary and cultural quarterly Meanjin from 1987 to 1994. Jenny has been co-ordinator of the postgraduate Publishing and Communications program at the University of Melbourne since 2003. She is deputy chair of the OL Society, which publishes Overland literary journal.
Her book Making Modern Melbourne was launched at the 2008 Melbourne Writers Festival and was a Top 10 bestseller on the first weekend of the festival. Making Modern Melbourne charts the city’s story from illegal village to modern metropolis.
CREDITS This tour is recorded and edited by Jane Curtis, produced by Community Radio 3CR, and funded by the Office of Public Records Local History grant program. http://peoplestour.net/2010/02/long-history-of-a-short-river-the-maribyrnong/
Most of them are just three minutes long, but pop songs are the poetry of the age. Listen in as a panel consisting of a music-loving comedian, a comic songwriter and an indie songwriter discuss the art and craft of songwriting.
Brian Nankervis is a performer, writer and producer. He is the co-creator and adjudicator of RocKwiz, and has appeared on television shows Hey, hey it’s Saturday, The panel and Thank God you’re here.
Rebecca Barnard is an indie-pop musician who released a solo album in 2006 after recording two albums as part of rock outfit Rebecca’s empire.
Casey Bennetto composed the smash-hit Keating, the musical which premiered in 2005 and went on to win many awards including the prestigious Helpmann Award.
This event was held at the State Library of Victoria on 10 September 2009.
Listen to a lyrical discussion about the art of songwriting featuring prominent musicians and comedians.
Mark Pesce talks about the explosion of communication opportunities that social media has created.
He explores the power of the social media platform and how we can use it to amplify our creative and connective capabilities.
Mark is a futurist, inventor, writer, teacher and co-inventor of Virtual Reality Modelling Language. He is also the author of five books and many papers on the future of technology.
As flash floods, tidal surges, cyclones, burst riverbanks and downpours have impacted on much of Eastern Australia, we’ve heard many references to the floods that have gone before. These floods stand as markers and reference points, in both practical and symbolic ways.