While researching the history of the First Nation people in this area for our soon to be launched Beech Forest Historic Walking and Driving Tour, it became apparent that we had to go beyond the anecdotal chat about how it is too cold and wet in this part of the Otways for indigenous people, there is no history here, that history belongs to the coast, the shorelines, after all we know about the middens there.
An afternoon spent with Richard Collopy traditional owner and custodian of Gadubanud Country, revealed so much more and was incredibly informative and a privilege as he shared his and his ancestors stories and knowledge of the history of this region. The significance of the place names was particularly enlightening about where Gadubunud and Gulidjan language and customs can be viewed in place names across the Otways;
While academic research papers and other reference material provided some great information, and indeed Richard showed me a terrific collection of his reference material, nothing will beat these words and beautiful poetry that Richard provided us with.
|Pirt Koorroot by Richard Collopy|
We are the descendants of the 'The Crowes Line' and in the Rainforest we would be
After 200 years of constant displacement from the mountains to the sea
Now happy standing under the Beech Tree, together we can welcome thee