Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place

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Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place

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Ken C
Southern Queensland, Australia358 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This small museum tells the story of the Gunaikurnai people & the other clans of the areas

Visitors to the Keeping Place can learn, understand and appreciate the history of the Gunaikurnai people through guided or self-guided tours of the museum. The display includes traditional hunting and fighting weapons, bark canoes, baskets, fishing spears, boomerangs and an exhibition of contemporary Gunaikurnai art. There are staff members on hand to answer questions.
Written 29 February 2020
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Serena D
Melbourne, Australia133 contributions
Sep. 2019
Good insight into the first peoples of the region. It would be nice to see more of these around the country.
Written 10 September 2019
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Bendigo, Australia35,336 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Business
It's located on Dalmahoy Street in Bairnsdale... a short walk from the Railway Station....but if you drive, there are plenty of places to park. There are a lot of buildings in the street, so initially it took us a wee while to find it. We were fortunate that two locals showed us around and explained a little about the display.

The display is a bit dated, but still beautifully presented... and we are told they are about to make some changes so there will be a gift ware store added. As soon as it's added... I intend to return to have a look around because I have no doubt there will be some amazing literature. But right now... it's not there. For a nominal fee you can look around the keeping place.

The aboriginal artefacts are truly intriguing and somewhat beautiful to look at. While I understand some are weapons, they are beautifully made. There are photos, a timeline, stories, photos and much to show.

Designed to raise awareness of the Gunaikurnai people's history of the Gippsland area this keeping place certainly does that. If you are lucky enough to talk to the aboriginal people, you will hear amazing passion in their voice as they introduce you to a little of their culture.

Everyone should stop to look at this... so if you are driving through town, take that small detour ( about three minutes from the main street by car) and immerse yourself in this excerpt of history.
Written 24 April 2018
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Kezza-1013
Bairnsdale, Australia13 contributions
Nov. 2017 • Family
This place tells the story of the Kurnai people in their country. The languages, the stories, the terrible massacres and the way they managed to survive.
Written 7 November 2017
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AussiesvisitUSA
Lexington Park, MD962 contributions
Apr. 2017 • Couples
Aussies visit Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place and sadly it was closed for Easter Monday. We hope to return and the tree in the parking lot and the hollowed out boat at the front door looked so very interesting.
Written 23 April 2017
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625bonnieo
Bairnsdale, Australia3 contributions
Feb. 2017 • Couples
Local person telling local stories and made to feel very welcomed he was very knowledgeable and passionate about his work place and people.
Written 15 February 2017
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jodiedragon
Bairnsdale, Australia8 contributions
Dec. 2015 • Family
I learned so many sad stories of the past but rejoiced in this amazing collection of Gunai Kurnai peoples history. Fantastic
Written 27 June 2016
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Debby876
Werribee, Australia162 contributions
Mar. 2016 • Couples
A little hard to find. Interesting history and artifacts. Great to see everything displayed and on view for the public. $6 entry fee. I enjoyed reading the stories. We wandered through the display room at our own pace.
Written 31 March 2016
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Desma P
Swan Reach, Australia38 contributions
Jan. 2016 • Friends
What a joy it was to visit such an historical record of our area. The curator is so knowledgeable and is able to explain the history and provide descriptions of the artefacts in a most informative and approachable manner.
Written 27 March 2016
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John L
28 contributions
Mar. 2016 • Solo
In Melbourne I was continually seeing references to Aboriginal art, artifacts beliefs etc but little about the people. One of my reasons for coming to Bairnsdale.
The Keeping Place is part of a cooperative set up by Aboriginal people (women seem to be the drivers) initially it seems to obtain good medical care. The average age of death of Aboriginal people is far lower than other races here.
You could of course treat this place as just another display of stone implements, boomerangs and spears and walk out untouched.
But read the story. Our forebears (I'm a Brit), in Queen Victoria's reign, often acted in a way that would now see them at the International War Crimes Court. It was only 2010 when the Government finally recognised the local indiginous peoples right to territory.
Come here, you may weep at the way the Aborigines were treated (I did)But take one thing away. Here in Gippsland, one group are determined not to be a drain on the Government, to be independent and proud of their heritage which they will pass on and recover from what so many of their fellows are still enduring.
I was aked by a young girl in a cafe here where I had been - she had never heard of it. My granddaughter is going to Auschwitz to learn of man's inhumanity to man, Australians should come here!
Written 3 March 2016
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