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Port Phillip Bay: Looking out, Looking in ‒ Aboriginal and Colonial Perspectives

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Melbourne – A Great Maritime City


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Port Phillip Bay: Looking out, Looking in

Aboriginal and Colonial Perspectives


‘Site of the Melbourne Custom House 1839’, wood engraving published by Ebenezer & David Syme 1872, State Library Victoria

Join us for the first Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network seminar. The MMHN Board faces the year with a sense of optimism in announcing the first event in our 2021 Program.

The Kulin Nation’s presence over millennia around Port Phillip Bay, the Birrarung/Yarra corridor, its waterways, swamps and creeks, was clearly a primary formative element in the maritime heritage we share today. The MMHN is curating this event to acknowledge the genesis of this shared maritime heritage which is little understood and a source of wonder. It is particularly topical at this time of the year (i.e., post Australia/Invasion Day) as we all reflect on our shared heritage.

Our Panel explores the context when such sightings changed the known world of each group, forever. Hence the title Looking out, Looking in (‘out’ from the shores and ‘in’ from ships), Aboriginal and Colonial Perspectives.


When: 22 February 2021                    Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Theatrette, Library at The Dock, Docklands.

Directions: Library at the Dock is located at 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, easily accessible via Tram routes 11, 35, 48, 70 and 75. The theatrette is located on the first floor.

Our Panel: 

  • Hans Bokelund, Director of Aboriginal Melbourne, City of Melbourne
  • Dr Richard Broome, President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
  • Valentina Bydanova, multidisciplinary curator and arts educator


Due to COVID-19, numbers are limited. RSVP essential by 19 February: info@mmhn.org.au


February 22
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm




Library at the Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
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