First Nations perspectives: Denise Charles—a Yorta Yorta/Gunai Kurnai woman


Denise Charles, a Yorta Yorta/Gunai Kurnai woman discusses two Geelong Gallery collection works, Oswald Rose Campbell’s The finding of Buckley, 1869, and Blamire Young’s Buckley acting as interpreter at Indented Head, 1901, that are based on the story of William Buckley, the wild white man, who re-entered society after 32 years living with the Wadawurrung people. Denise also details the arrival of John Batman, a grazier working on behalf of the Port Phillip Association, who negotiated a land treaty with the Wurundjeri and Wadawurrung people, a treaty which was later declared invalid by the New South Wales Governor based on the British law of Terra nullius. The absence of a treaty with the traditional owners lead to the demise in numbers of the Wadawurrung people of Geelong.

Victorian Curriculum links

Levels 9 to 10: The Arts and History, Historical Knowledge | The making of the modern world/Australia