Daylesford & District Historical Society is hosting an exhibition to showcase a set of portraits of Dja Dja Wurrung people photographed in 1866 at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station.

Dja Dja Wurrung elder, Uncle Ricky Nelson (left) with Daylesford and District Museum curator, Gary Lawrence.

The photographs are generously made available by Djaara Elder, Uncle Rick Nelson.

This is rare opportunity to reflect on the journey these First Nations people endured: from being forced off their land and waterways, left in government protectorates until they were closed down and then, in 1864, taken to Coranderrk and off Country.

The theme for National Reconcilliation Week this year is “Be a Voice for Generations”. These portraits inform the impacts of colonisation on generations of Dja Dja Wurrung people.

An official opening and Welcome to Country, will be held outside the museum, 11am Monday 29th, May. This will be a chance for residents to show their support for reconciliation.

The museum will be open every day during Reconcilliation Week from 10am – 2pm, from May 27th to June 3rd.

The exhibition is in partnership with Uncle Rick Nelson and the Hepburn Shire.

Community support and involvement includes the Hepburn U3A, Hepburn Reconciliation Advisory Committee members and the Daylesford College, Daylesford Primary School, St Michael’s Primary School, Dharma School, Daylesford Pre-School and Daylesford Community Childcare Centre.

For more information, contact the Daylesford & District Historical Museum Curator, Gary Lawrence, on 0412 665 087.