This site was published by Melissa Manlapid, Copperfield Collage

This exhibition is a display of all of the entries in the’ OUR RIVER’ competition, which focuses on the Maribyrnong River, in the large bluestone building of Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, located in Pipemakers park.

The competition was organized by the office of
Nicola Roxon MP Federal Member for Gellibrand.

The purpose of the competition was to allow anyone interested in the river to play a part in preserving the social history of the Maribyrnong River, and highlighting its local importance.

Requests were made for interested people to submit a piece of writing or artwork inspired by their favourite part of the Maribyrnong River.

“The Maribyrnong – once known as Saltwater River – is an iconic natural feature in Melbourne’s west. Derived from the Aboriginal term Mirring-gnaybir-nong. Originally the home to the Woimurrung and Boonwurrung tribes, after European settlement the river become a hub for Melbourne’s industrial growth in the late 1800s – and provided employment for countless Victorians. But this growth took its environmental toll and the river suffered severe damage. Now our river is becoming a recreational highlight in the region—perfect for picnics, bike riding, fishing, rowing and much, much more. We have the opportunity to restore and preserve the river for generations to come.”

The exhibition OUR RIVER consists of over 150 entries including both writing and pictures. The entries were judged under the following categories…

Primary School—Writing
Primary School—Art
Secondary School—Writing
Secondary School—Art

The exhibition was opened on Friday the 10th September 2004 by Nicola Roxon MP Federal Member for Gellibrand and will be on display until Sunday 19th September 2004. The works on this website are samples of the competition entries.

Opening hours for visiting the exhibition, and the Living Museum, are:

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday’s 11 am – 5 pm


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