Koorie Heritage Trust collection item, Graham Baring 2009

This collection display brings together objects from the Koorie Heritage Trust collection and Victorian Aboriginal community members to share the historical, cultural and social significance of our collection items in their lives, their practice and their community. The recorded films and the collection items they relate to will be installed in our four-metre long canoe table on Level 3 of our building.

Koorie Heritage Trust Canoe Table, Level 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.

This project has been established in partnership with The ARC Centre Of Excellence For The History Of Emotions at the University of Melbourne ( CHE is a multi-sited, interdisciplinary humanities research centre involving 5 universities and key stakeholders from across Australia and internationally. Its broader mission has been to deepen understandings of how emotions have shaped individual, communal and national identities over time. Core to its research has been the question: how have the legacies of past emotional understandings and practices continued to influence politics, society and culture in today’s Australia?

This project and display explores shared interests of KHT and CHE, in particular how artefacts and objects play a key role in symbolising interactions and relationships, making tangible links to community, continuing cultures and connection to country, and shape identities past and present through embodied memories. It shares the historical, cultural, social and emotional significance of selected items from the Koorie Heritage Trust in the lives, practice and communities of 5 Victorian Aboriginal community members.

The newly recorded oral histories and the respective artefacts and artworks are currently accessible and on display as part of our Level 3, public collection display.

Each of the recorded oral histories can also be accessed via the links below (users will be re-directed to vimeo):

With special thanks to the artists ands community members who participated in this project – Mick Harding (Taungurung), Kelly Koumalatsos (Wergaia/ Wemba Wemba), Marilyne Nicholls (Wadi Wadi / Yorta Yorta / Dja Dja Wurrung / Ngarringdjeri/ Latji Latji/ Yulpagulp/ Barrappa Barrappa), Brendan Kennedy (Tatti Tatti/ Wadi Wadi/ Mutti Mutti), Glenda Nicholls (Wadi Wadi/ Yorta Yorta/ Ngarringdjeri) and Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan/ Kamilaroi).