The City of Bathurst is celebrating its bicentenary (bathurst200.com.au), the first European inland settlement in Australia. Governor Lachlan Macquarie proclaimed on 7th May 1815 the town of Bathurst while Wiradyuri people watched from the distance. As part of this years celebration the traditional custodians of this land re-affirming their camp on the bank of Wambool (Macquarie River) to celebrate their survival. Local Elder Dinawan Dyirribang (Uncle Bill) carried out a smoking ceremony, gave a moving speech and presented Cr Rush with a possum skin cloak.
The camp attracted hundreds of people looking for warmth around the camp fires, sharing of hot cuppas, fried bread and good yarns and most importantly listening to and learning from each other … Truly a new beginning of healing for all of us.
Earl Bathurst and his wife Countess Bathurst from England were among the dignitaries and spent a day with local Wiradyuri Elders visiting Wambigi Centre, Flat Rocks and Wahluu (Mount Panorama) …
While Countess Bathurst was warm and cosy in Aunties possum skin cloak, Uncle Phil presents his woollen coat to Earl Bathurst. The Merino and the Possum finally together. No aggression over hessian…
Re-enactment by Uncle Phil and Uncle Jimmy
more photos to come shortly….
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Link to article ‘A place where we can learn about each other’ in the Western Advocate: http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3068259/a-place-where-we-can-learn-about-each-other/
Link to article ‘A new beginning’ in the Western Advocate: http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3064172/celebrating-a-new-beginning/