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This month we have invited Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell, who is a specialist in Aboriginal cultural heritage management as our special guest. Wally is chair of the Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation and founder of the Mulanggang Traditional Aboriginal Landcare Group. Wally is also a board member of Landcare ACT.

Wally will be speaking about local Indigenous histories including stories about his time living at Oak Hill Aboriginal Reserve in Yass. Oak Hill, on the corner of Orion Street and Cooks Hill Road, was where many members of Yass Valley’s Aboriginal community once lived in camps from the late 1880s to the 1960s. Oak Hill is a site of historical and spiritual significance and is the location of burial sites and scarred trees.

A Ngunnawal Aboriginal language group has renamed Oak Hill as Yumalundi Dhulwa Gunawari, meaning “welcome Oak Hill”.

This is an ONLINE event for Drill Hall Gallery members.

Join the Zoom meeting from 5:30pm next Friday 27 August

Meeting ID: 822 1037 7072

Password: 12345

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.