Experience Indigenous Aboriginal Culture In Melbourne
Melbourne is very strongly attached to the roots of its native indigenous culture and thus has different monuments and other places of interest, including parks like the Birrarung Marr which celebrate this kind of diversity in a local culture. A short walk from your Melbourne serviced apartments, a tour of Melbourne without tasting a sample of the city’s indigenous culture nearly amounts to blasphemy!
Firstly, there is the Memorial of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls who were two of the most distinguished indigenous leaders. There is this memorial erected in Parliament Gardens and has a bronze statue sculpted by artist Louis Laumen and an art etching in bluestone by Ngarra Murray.
The Ian Potter Centre in NGV houses almost 25,000 works of art and has paintings, photography, prints, drawings, etc. This is basically a celebration of the history and the cultural significance of Australian art. There are exhibitions showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art as well. Some of the prominent artists who are exhibited there include Barak, Judy Watson, Emily Kngwarray and Uta Uta Tjangala. In the year of 2007, the fifth millionth visitor set foot into this gallery of NGV Australia.
Bunjilaka is another place that is attractive for people who are interested in the rich culture of the Koorie people. There are different objects and other visuals that will tell you about the culture and the background of the Aboriginal culture in Australia.
Another place is Tjanabi at Federation Square which is the newest restaurant there. The word Tjanabi means to celebrate and therefore this restaurant is the only indigenously owned restaurant in the city of Melbourne. Most of the dishes that are available in this restaurant come from game and the native Australian produce.
Koorie Connections Altair should be another stop on your Aboriginal culture schedule – it is a shop on Queen Victoria Market that sells real Aboriginal handicraft. Products are art, pottery, books and articles of clothing as well. These are all authentic Australian products.
Lastly, Koorie Heritage Trust Inc is a cultural centre that showcases thousands and thousands of objects, books, and photos as well as an interactive exhibition which locates the culture and history of the Koorie people dating back to over sixty thousand years. There are aboriginal guides who can make the tour more exciting as well as authentic for the visitors. There are also recordings of stories about the history of the Koorie people that are located in this centre itself in a service called the Oral History Service.
Thus, the city has fortunately not severed its connections with such a vibrant past and continues to keep it alive through such dedicated endeavors as these. If you are truly enjoying your stay in a short stay Melbourne apartment, improve it even more by checking out these fascinating places!