Peter Lacey, President of South Coast History Society, is calling Saturday 27th April ‘Discovery Day’.
It’s the day when those attending a morning seminar in Wolumla can learn all about the 101 objects that have been included on the Bega Shire’s Hidden Heritage list, and it’s the day when an afternoon bus tour will take participants to several little-visited places and provide them with something of a look at the area through Aboriginal eyes.
“Three of the Shire’s most respected Heritage Consultants have come up with an absolutely intriguing list of the objects that reflect the history and heritage of the area, and each one of these has now been thoroughly researched.”
“So, we’ll be spending a few hours sharing the stories about what we’ve discovered, and we will be providing attendees with a substantial booklet that describes and illustrates each of the 101 objects,” Mr Lacey said.
“This is actually a fabulous way to learn what is actually to be found around the area, and a most interesting way to learn more about the history of the area,” Mr Lacey suggests.
“The list of objects includes quite a few of the region’s natural features, details of our unique flora, a number of objects of historic Aboriginal importance, things that are outdoors that could be visited on a trip around the area, items that can be found in the 10 museums within the Bega Valley Shire, and a few very historically-important objects that are normally hidden away in private collections.”
“It’s taken a large group of people from across the community an enormous amount of time and effort to get to this point, and it would be no exaggeration to say that the project has been an eye-opener for every one of those who have been involved. We have all learned of objects in the area that we never knew existed, and we have all been absolutely blown away by how much fascinating history relates to the area and to these objects.”
“And we’re sure that those attending this morning session on April 27 will be equally amazed by what is discussed at this seminar.”
“Then, following the seminar, we are off on a short tour of discovery to several sites of historical importance that few people normally visit.”
“This is being led by Graham Moore, who is Bega Valley Shire’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer. Along the way he will be providing an insight into the way that Aboriginals look at the area – why some things are of particular importance to Aboriginal men or women, what are some of the traditional stories associated with particular landmarks or objects, and how things have changed since the arrival of European settlers.”
Details about the seminar are available from South Coast History Society, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning 0448 160 852. Admission tickets must be purchased in advance as they will not be available at the door on the day.
A full list of the 101 objects selected for inclusion in this Bega Shire’s Hidden Heritage project is available at www.bit.ly/101objectsindex
Above: Peter Lacey shares detail from the Bega Shire’s Hidden Heritage booklet