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Gnarrwirring Ngitj Learning Together

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Learn about Aboriginal history and living culture at Sovereign Hill

The Sovereign Hill Museums Association has again partnered with the traditional owners of Ballarat through Wadawurrung to bring you the Gnarrwirring Ngitj/Learning Together Program.

This year’s program includes:

The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

Date: Sunday 26 May
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00pm
Where: Victoria Theatre, Sovereign Hill
Cost: Free

This year’s lecture entitled Yarning; Traditional ways of fire and water through a Wadawurrung cultural lens will be presented by Wadawurrung traditional owners Tammy Gilson and Melinda Kennedy. They will offer teachings through the eye of their Ancestors, and lead you on a journey.
This event is also part of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend program, which features these related events - an Aboriginal Short Film Festival and Aboriginal Cultural Exhibition.

Book your ticket here


A teacher professional learning event: The Environmental Impacts of the Victorian Gold Rushes

Date: Wednesday 29 May
Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Where: Linton Cottage, Sovereign Hill
Cost: $30.00

Featuring the launch of a new teaching kit on the ways Victoria’s environments changed in the 19th century, this event provides a great opportunity to brush-up on your local history knowledge.

Book your ticket here.


Corroboree by Full Moon

Date: Sunday 13 October,
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Where: Sovereign Hill

More details coming soon.
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Student visitors to Sovereign Hill can experience an education session entitled Aboriginal People on the Goldfields which is a highlights reel of our free ‘digitour’ Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People - see the related primary and secondary teaching kits here. Similarly, at the Gold Museum students can participate in an education session called Collection Close-Up: The Pern Collection which gives them opportunity to go back-of-house to learn about the extensive collection of Aboriginal artefacts in our Collection Store.