May 15, 2015

2015 Victorian Aboriginal Rememberance Service

Sunday 31st May at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, has been set aside as a day to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women who served in the armed forces of Australia. Over 800 Indigenous service personnel volunteered to serve during WW1 and more than 3000 in WW11. Those service men and women volunteered their service despite not being recognised as Australian citizens. This recognition did not occur until the 1967 referendum.

It was through the tireless effort of Aunty Dot Peters to honour her father's service and memory that the first service was initiated over 10 years ago. Since then other states have established similar commemorative services to honour their Indigenous personnel. The Indigenous Remembrance Services have now become an annual event.

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May 12, 2015

Weaving - Fish Trap

The Koori Heritage Trust recently conducted a community development activity to train interested people in the techniques required to produce a traditional fish trap.

A number of sessions were conducted and the trap was completed at home after many hours of twisting and twirling the flax. Each stem of the flax grass was stripped into 1-2 mm wide strips and used to sculpt the trap. The most difficult part of process was to maintain a constant long cylinder diameter and produce the lip of the trap. Never the less I was happy with the final result and have started weaving another trap. Unfortunately my flax plant is not producing its leaves fast enough so things are currently at a standstill while nature does it's business and produces more leaves.