History

Who Do We Think We Are? Part 1: Civilised Men Take Possession of the Country

In the first of a four part series, Arie Baelde examines the early post-colonial history of the conflict between Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadurrung peoples and local European settlers. Diaries and documents written at the time show that there were strong differences of opinion among settlers about ethical treatment of Indigenous people.

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Local Residents Step up to Conserve Cornish Hill

The local community has once again taken the initiative to conserve the significant heritage of Cornish Hill. The recent request from a group of 21 local Cornish Hill residents has prompted Hepburn Shire Council to undertake a heritage assessment of the precinct. The move is seen as important to safeguard local heritage for past, present and future generations.

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A Conversation About Connections to Country

A conversation with Barry Golding and Harley Dunolly-Lee will be a feature of NAIDOC week celebrations in Daylesford. Harley and Barry will have a conversation about “Recovering Language and Connections to Dja Dja Wurrung Country.” The event is Sunday, July 9 at the DNC.

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Reconciliation Week at Daylesford Museum

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

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Mineral Springs – Lifeblood of Daylesford and Hepburn

The mineral springs of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs have been an important part of the local economy since the 19th century but this important resource is threatened by the current renewal of mining exploration. A series of videos produced by Don’t Undermine Daylesford explains the geology, history and cultural significance of our mineral water resources.

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Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend

Historic Anderson’s Mill in Smeaton will be open to the public for a National Trust Heritage Weekend on May 13 and 14. Standing today much as it did when it was constructed in the 1860s, the five-storey bluestone building and its magnificent iron water wheel are still in place.

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