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MEDIA RELEASE - Narrawong to shed light on region's past

20 June 2017

What are the events and stories that have shaped Narrawong and made the town what it is today are the questions being asked this Sunday as part of a local history forum.

The Narrawong History & Local Author Forum, presented as part of the Narrawong Kang-o-meerteek - Small Town Transformation project in partnership with Glenelg Libraries, will take place on 25 June at the Narrawong Mechanics Hall and will explore the remarkable history of the Narrawong area.

The forum will kick off with a local history panel, with members providing their perspectives on significant events in Narrawong, followed by presentations from three local authors.

Library and Information Services Manager Yvette Parker said she was excited to partner with the event which is the first of its kind in the area.

“The Glenelg Libraries are proud to be a part of the forum which will provide a rare and unique insight into the stories behind Narrawong,” she said.

“A local history panel will start the day which will include well-known locals such as CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Damein Bell, lead artist of the My Clay aspect of the Kang-o-meerteek project Wal Saunders and south-west historian Bernard Wallace.

“I anticipate some truly fascinating discussions to come out of the history panel as the members delve into some of the darkest and most controversial moments of our region.

“Following this, there will be presentations from authors Ben Langdon, Annie Lanyon and Tony Wright.

“Ben Langdon, author of ‘The Miranda Contract,’ will be speaking about representing regional Victoria in his writing for young adults, as well as the mixing of realism and fantasy.

“NSW Premier’s History Prize recipient Annie Lanyon will share her research on Kalunggu, one of several young Aboriginal women enslaved by William Dutton. She will trace Kalaunggu’s life from her abduction as a child, to her enslavement by Dutton and what happened to her after he abandoned her.

“The final author, Tony Wright, will delve back to his great great grandfather's arrival in Portland Bay as a whaler with William Dutton and discuss how he has tried to gain more of an understanding of the unimaginably long history of indigenous people.

“I encourage all those interested to come along to the event, its free and you will come away with a lifetime of knowledge.”

The Narrawong History & Local Author Forum will take place on 25 June from 12.00pm - 5.00pm at the Narrawong Mechanics Institute Hall. No bookings are required.

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