Sunday 7 July

Sunday 7 July


July 7, 2024    
9:15 am - 2:00 pm


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‘Lalkambuk Cultural Landscapes’ Tour for NAIDOC Week

Sunday 7 July 2024

A collaboration between Hepburn Shire & Great Dividing Trail Association NAIDOC Week is an annual Australian observance. ‘NAIDOC’, standing for ‘National Aborigines; and Islanders&; Day Observance Committee’ has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975. In 2024, the national NAIDOC theme is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud”.

Hepburn Shire are collaborating with GDTA as part of NAIDOC Week in 2024, on Sunday 7 July, to present a ‘Lalkambuk Cultural Landscape Tour’ in the Lalkambuk / Mount Franklin area on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The tour (9.30am-3pm) led by Barry Golding visits a number of significant but poorly known sites in the footprint of the former 1841 Aboriginal Protectorate, which included all land within an 8 km radius of Franklinford, until the Protectorate system was abandoned in 1849 and the remaining First Peoples were removed to Coranderrk in 1864.

Sites visited (all viewed from public land after short walks) include the Larni Barramul (‘nest of the Emu’) crater within the Lalkambuk (‘split head’) Mt Franklin Scenic Reserve, the former Aboriginal Protectorate and Aboriginal School site and Cemetery, the former Aboriginal Protectorate Flour Mill on the Mill Spring, the Limestone (Mount Franklin) Mineral Spring and Clarks Pool on Larni Barramul Yaluk.

The tour’s main message, in an era of Truth Telling, is that we have much to learn about First Nations and post-contact history in what amounts to a valuable but poorly acknowledged local cultural landscape. In collaboration with Dja Dja Wurrung peoples, we do indeed need to be eternally vigilant, learn about and acknowledge what happened in the landscape, protect and interpret what remains, and ‘keep the fires burning’ on Country.

Registrations are essential for this tour, via this link:

The tour starts and ends within a Welcome and Smoking Ceremony in the crater of the Mount Franklin Reserve. It is limited to 30 people and will require people to share transport to limit the number of cars in convoy and dress for the predicted weather. It will be BYO lunch and drinks. Only short walks (total 2 km) are anticipated away from cars.

The event booking system of the GDTA is being used for this event but all risk and insurance matters are the responsibility of the participants

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Bookings open on 21st june and  close on Fiday 5th July with 1 booking per email address 

It is recommended, you carry a first aid kit, your own medication, drinking water and food for morning tea and lunch and be prepared to share transport

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