The first National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Indigenous cultural heritage survey was launched during Reconciliation Week 2014…
Reconciliation Through Place has created a keystone document to guide our protection and celebration of Indigenous cultural heritage significance at our sites. Through consultation and assessment at National Trust properties Mooramong, McCrae Homestead and Endeavour Fern Gully we have developed a plan on how best to share this with as wide an audience as possible.
The project will enable the development of new interpretation in consultation with traditional owners and the creation of shared heritage sites.
… as well as starting this project during Reconciliation Week 2013, we introduced the Trust’s first Indigenous Heritage Advocate.
“The National Trust’s vision for the community to understand, value and enjoy the built, natural and cultural heritage that creates our national identity is today realised,” Martin Purslow, National Trust CEO, said at the announcement.
For the first time since the Trust’s establishment in May 1956, a position has been developed to fully engage the Trust in a shared heritage through the appointment of an Indigenous Heritage Advocate, Rueben Berg, announced on Monday 3 June, in celebration of Mabo Day and Reconciliation Week.
Rueben, a Gunditjmara man and one of only ten Indigenous Architects/architectural graduates in Australia, says he “is committed to using my skills and expertise to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is a great opportunity to share Aboriginal culture with the broader community.”
Martin Purslow also said the appointment marks a significant day for the Trust, “this is the first time we’ve appointed someone in the role of Indigenous Heritage Advocate and we’re lucky to have someone with Rueben’s impressive skill set on board.”