Portraits of 20 Dja Dja Wurrung people taken at the Corandurrk Aboriginal Protectorate in 1866 tell a moving story of dislocation and suffering of people forcibly removed from their country, the country on which the people of Daylesford and Hepburn now reside.

The portraits, generously made available by Djaara Elder, Uncle Rick Nelson, are part of the Reconcilliation Week exhibition at the Daylesford Museum.

The display invites visitors to sit in chairs facing the portraits and to try to understand the emotions portrayed in the eyes of the the people who were photographed.

A large crowd of over 200 people gathered for the official opening and Welcome to Country earlier this week. Uncle Ricky Nelson did a smoking ceremony and the Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, opened the exhibition.

A story on the exhibition featured on the ABC on Thursday.

The exhibition also features a short narrated film produced by local film maker Ben Gardiner, We’re Getting Our Voice Back, featuring Unckle Ricky Nelson and Prof. Barry Golding. The film will take you on a journey of truth, moving across the sites of the Neereman, Lalgambuk (Mount Franklin) and Coranderrk Aboriginal protectorates.

The museum will be open every day during Reconciliation Week from 10am – 2pm, from May 27th to Sunday June 4th. Entry to the exbhibtion is free.

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