Mapping of the landscape

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 28-Mar-2013

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there’s an excellent program of events accompanying the new exhibition just opened at the Post Office Gallery, Mapping Great Change: the landscape of central Victoria.
You might need to book, however, as some of those events, such as the visit to artist John Wolseley’s studio in the Whipstick which takes place in April, are already at capacity.
But if you’re interested in the way our landscape reveals to us our history, there’s plenty on.
On May 5, the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group will be hosting a walk, as a follow-up to this week’s event at the PO Gallery. Nicole Howie and others are interested in the Bendigo Creek’s past, present and future, and what we can do to preserve it.
The Landcare Group will be taking interested people along the Creek from Leans Road at Huntly, up to Howard Street at Epsom, with a lunch at Bendigo Botanic Gardens at the end of it. You can contact Nicole to book on 5448 8244.
We’ve already mentioned in the Bendigo Weekly, the event on April 4, at the Visual Arts Centre in View Street, but now is the time to book for that one too (5434 6088).
It’s a conversation between Gerry Gill, lecturer in sociology and Aboriginal history at La Trobe University, and Colin Cuskelly, who was a cartographer working at Fortuna when it was a base for such activities.
You’ll have an opportunity to see the amazing early survey map of the region, which rarely leaves its drawer in a Werribee shed.
On April 9, at the PO Gallery, the Dja Dja Wurrung Native Title claim group will talk about the long journey that has brought them so close to settlement, an Australian first which throws the spotlight on the land in a thrilling way.
You can also do a walk with the Dja Dja Wurrung on either April 12 or May 31, across the land with which they have spiritual and cultural connection.
There are also two lunchtime talks at the Mapping Great Change show, on April 18 and May 9; you can just turn up for those, on the day from 12.30pm.

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