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Historic photos on show

SOME of the earliest photographs taken of Aborigines living on the Kinyaniel Creek are now on display at Yung Balug Clan Keeping Place in Boort.

The 34 photographs taken in the 1850s by John Hunter have been installed at the museum on Paul and Cathie Haw’s Lunette Hill property overlooking the wetlands.

Paul said the photographs have been made available by the State Library of Victoria.

The Yung Balug Clan Keeping Place mainly caters for educational groups who want to learn their early Australian history.

“The Keeping Place is a unique place to study Aboriginal history and the local environment. The Boort Region has significant wetlands which can be visited at the same time,” Paul said.

Yung Balug Keeping Place displays a very large collection of Yung Balug Clan artefacts handed over mainly by retired farmers.

The Keeping Place also grows native foods, specialising in acacias (wattles) for human consumption and visitors can walk among the rows of wattles.

Lake Boort contains the highest concentration of scarred trees in Australia made with stone tools. Around the edge of the lake there are at least 50 “cooking mounds”.

The detailed Aboriginal history on the Northern Plains was documented by Paul and Margaret Munro in their publication Footprints Across the Loddon Plains.

Paul and Cathie’s museum is open by appointment over the holiday period.

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