Hey historians and history fans!
For our first event of 2019, the History Society will be hosting a guided Indigenous history tour of the Parkville campus called ‘Billibellary’s Walk,’ followed by a picnic. Billibellary’s Walk is “a cultural interpretation of the Parkville campus landscape that provides an experience of connection to country which Wurundjeri people continue to have both physically and spiritually.” It reminds us both of what was here before the first stone of the Old Quad (pictured above) was laid in 1853, and how the Indigenous history of this place remains relevant to this day. Whether you’re new to UniMelb or a fixture of this campus’s history yourself, there’s something new to learn in the tour for everyone! The walk will set off from outside Union House (in the South Court) at 1pm. More information about the walk itself can be found here: https://murrupbarak.unimelb.edu.au/engage/billibellarys-walk
After the tour, which will go for about an hour, we’ll be stopping for a picnic on South Lawn where we can debrief about the walk, chat about history, and enjoy some snacks!
The History Society recognises that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders – past, present, and emerging – and acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.