By Ian Clark, Toby Heydon
The Yarra Bend Park marks essentially the most vital post-contact locations within the Melbourne metropolitan zone, and is of significant importance to Victorian Aboriginal humans, quite the Wurundjeri Aboriginal neighborhood. At this web site used to be positioned the Merri Creek Aboriginal university, the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, the local Police Corps Headquarters and linked Aboriginal burials.The position has additional significance within the early 21st century, as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian deal with the legacies of our touch past.
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Extra info for A Bend in the Yarra: A History of the Merri Creek Protectorate Station and Merri Creek Aboriginal School, 1841-1851
These creeks include the Merri Creek, but it would appear, judging from Robinson’s account, that the Plenty River and Darebin Creek were more important. It was when moving along these watercourses that Aboriginal groups most often came into contact with European settlers. 33 Historical sources Most references to a ‘station’ at the confluence of Merri Creek and the Yarra River occur well after the last days of the Protectorate. The term ‘station’ was used to describe a collection of related government and church establishments operating from the ‘Government reserve’ situated between Heidelberg Road, the Yarra River and Merri Creek.
However, less than a week later, on 16 August 1839, William Thomas was granted leave from Melbourne to establish permanent quarters for the Western Port District, and he followed a group of Boonwurrung people along the southeast coast to Tubburubbabel, in the vicinity of Arthur’s Seat. With the assistance of Boonwurrung people, Thomas erected a ti-tree wattle and daub hut for his family. d. in VPRS 4410, Item 66). Later he erected a shed for conducting European-style school classes and Christian worship.
However one ceremony called ‘murrennecoleleen’ or ‘worronebermile’ was performed on 15 October 1840 at the Aboriginal encampment on the south side of the Yarra River (Robinson Jnl 15/10/1840). Robinson was told the ceremony could not proceed beyond sunset as to do so would bring their death. Inter-tribe and inter-clan traditional judicial proceedings or dispute settlement processes also occurred in Melbourne around this time. Frequent meetings involving clanspeople from far and wide were not uncommon.
A Bend in the Yarra: A History of the Merri Creek Protectorate Station and Merri Creek Aboriginal School, 1841-1851 by Ian Clark, Toby Heydon