question that I nearly always get asked when giving talks at schools
- where do Aboriginal people come from?."
people are still here and were here in the western district of Melbourne
pre European discovery. We have made significant contributions to society,
entertainment, sport, education, transport and industry within this
region, but the aboriginal seems to be forgotten, along with what was
and is being done within this region by our small number.
'Still Here' begins to document the input by Aboriginal people to the
Western Suburbs of Melbourne by tracing our presence in the West from
the past through to the present."
'Still Here' was designed and developed by Melbourne's Living Museum
of the West in collaboration with Larry Walsh, the Museum's Aboriginal
Cultural Officer in 1994.
Still Here provides a brief history of the rich and significant story of survival of the Aboriginal people in Melbourne's West including the early struggles and the origins of the Aboriginal Advancement League.
panel display was designed to be a portable/travelling exhibition to
give a brief history of Aboriginal people in Melbourne's West. It was
designed to be durable and to 'fit in the back of a station-wagon'.
'Still Here' has been displayed at many local cultural events and occasions
over the last 10 years. When it is not travelling it is usually on display
at the Living Museum.
catalogue' of Still Here, which contains all of the exhibition text
and most of the images, can be purchased from the Living Museum's bookshop,
see the Museum's publication
list for details or to order this book by post.
STILL HERE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Larry Walsh (Living Museum Aboriginal Cultural Officer)wrote the story, directed the research and editing. Larry also directed the design of the exhibition format and the use of images and symbols.
Kerrie Poliness (Arist and Living Museum Associate) worked closely with Larry to research and develop the content and design of the exhibition and catalogue.
Marcello Cavallero (Living Museum Media) co-ordinated photography , reporoductions and bromides and helped with research.
Nigel D Fewkes (Living Museum Media) co-ordinated media releases and helped with research.
Peter Haffenden (Living Museum Project Co-ordinator) edited texts and provided knowledge, advice and support to the project.
Olwen Ford (Living Museum Director) proof read and wrote the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Olwen also provided knowledge and advice to the project.
Paul Richardson (Koorie Education Unit) Gave advice and wrote the forward to the exhibition catalogue.
Joe Guario (Graphic Design) co-ordinated the catalogue printing and cover pre-press.
The following people provided photographic contributions: Marcello Cavallero, Christine Carley, Nigel D Fewkes, Elizabeth McKinnon, Fiona Brown and Natascha Zinken (Dutch Student Placement).
For more information about the Aboriginal History of Melbourne's west
and Pipemakers Park click
exhibition panel from the exhibition 'Still Here' to view more panels
from the exhibition click