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Unpeeling local history

THE mammoth project of unveiling the history layers of Kooyoora State Park started at the weekend in Rheola.

Friends of Kooyoora held the first display and series of talks to capture the stories and memories of the park’s 14 layers of history.

Glenn Catto spoke at Sunday’s session on the district’s successes growing apples last century and the major awards achieved by his ancestors at Zonnebeke Farm.

Associate professor in Aboriginal history at Federation University David Cahir was guest speaker during Saturday’s sessions.

Friends convenor Rob Scholes said the project was “a pretty ambitious program”.

“We hope to build an archive and have the information we collect publicly accessible,” he said. “The district has some very old people with a lot history and knowledge ... the project is about capturing that knowledge before it is lost.”

Rob said the project layers - from the geology of the area to return of Dja Dja Wurrung to the park - would also look at significant events and people in the park’s history, indigenous history, pastoral activities and use of the park.

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