Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr, image by Clytie Meredith.

Birrarung x Abbotsford Convent Past Event

Presented by Abbotsford Convent


Thu 23 May 10:00am - 12:00pm
Walk 1
Fri 24 May 9:30am - 12:00pm
Walk 2


Booking Required


Abbotsford Convent Main Gate.
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC, Australia


Assistance animals welcome, Low sensory / relaxed

Presented by Wurundjeri Educators and Abbotsford Convent, join a cultural walk with Wurundjeri educators sharing their extensive knowledge of land, history and ecology. The walks follow Birrarung, meaning ‘River of Mists and Shadows’ (Yarra River), moving through place to reflect on the relationship between land and story, and past and present histories.


Walk 1: Embark on a Dights Falls Walk with Wurundjeri man and educator, Thane Garvey-Gannaway and Aboriginal educator, Tully Gibbon.

Walk 2: Attend a powerful Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Dights Falls Walk hosted by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson Jnr.


Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr 

Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson Jr, is the principal cross-cultural educator working across Wurundjeri’s corporate, not-for-profit and university sectors. Uncle Bill is passionate about sharing his extensive cultural knowledge with the broader community, and advocates for the rights of contemporary Wurundjeri to access and practice culture on their traditional homelands. As a Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient, Uncle Bill explored cultural practice and maintenance among First Nations communities in urban environments. He was also a member of the Victorian delegation nominated to attend the First People’s Assembly that led to the development of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Thane Garvey-Gannaway

Thane Garvey-Gannaway is and Indigenous educator and Wurundjeri man. He has worked for the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Corporation for 13 years in various areas, including Cultural Heritage, land management and conservation, education and more.

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