Country, Culture, People, Future

City of Greater Geraldton

Launch of Aboriginal History Booklet and Yamaji Drive Trail

Posted: August 20th, 2015

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Stan Gratte

Stan Gratte, author of The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas

The City of Geraldton Regional Library recently released the final title in the Mid West Heritage series,
The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas by Stan Gratte and Dale Forsyth. This series highlights Geraldton’s rich Aboriginal history.

The book was showcased on 19 August at the Launch@The Library along with the new Yamaji Drive Trail – a tourist guide, celebrating Yamatji history and culture in the Greater Geraldton area.

The author paints an overview of life for Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton area before and after the region was settled by Europeans.

This publication is now available for $9.95 from the City of Geraldton Regional Library and can also be purchased from the Geraldton Visitors Centre and WA Museum.

City of Geraldton launches “Welcome to Country Guide”

Posted: July 14th, 2015

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Welcome to Country Guide launch

City of Greater Geraldton launches “Welcome to Country Guide” Photo source: City of Greater Geraldton

 

The City of Greater Geraldton officially launched its “Welcome to Country Guide” last Friday night, as part of NAIDOC Week.

The guide includes up to date information for City Officers, Councillors and the broader community on protocols and processes when presenting a Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country.

For more information on the Welcome to Country, or to view the guide, visit the City website on http://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/ and search “Welcome to Country”.

Oral history in Geraldton

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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This National Reconciliation Week, Radio Mama will broadcast live from Geraldton Regional Library’s Aboriginal Oral History Morning on the 3rd of June. Embrace this opportunity to learn about local history and culture as local residents Graham Taylor, Charmaine Green and Joan Gray share their stories. You will hear about their respective experiences as a Vietnam veteran, a local artist and the daughter of a prominent author.

The event will run from 10am to 11:30 am and morning tea will be provided. To RSVP call 9956 6659 or email library@cgg.wa.gov.au. Also be sure to check out the Wajarri storytime at the library on May 28 and 29 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June. To find out more about what’s happening near you visit reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

Geraldton goes Wajarri

Posted: November 17th, 2014

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Berlin-based artist Pia Lanzinger has developed a project called Geraldton goes Wajarri, as part of a larger program by Perth-based arts organization Spaced. Geraldton goes Wajarri  is designed to provide a forum for the conservation of this language by smuggling Wajarri into the public spaces of the City of Greater Geraldton (Jambinu). 

Although Amangu is the traditional language of the area, today Wajarri is the most commonly spoken Aboriginal language in the Greater Geraldton region of Western Australia.

The launch of Geraldton goes Wajarri, including “adopt a word” will be held this Thursday 20th November, 6 – 7:30pm at the Geraldton Regional Library.

For more information visit http://www.spaced.org.au/projects/pia-lanzinger/

Help to write Geraldton’s history

Posted: October 16th, 2014

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Aboriginal people of the Geraldton area are invited to a community meeting at the Bundiyarra ACAC, hosted by the City of Greater Geraldton on Friday 24 October 10am-1pm. 

The next title in the popular Mid West Heritage Series, published by the Geraldton Regional Library, will be about the Aboriginal History of the Geraldton area. A Reference Group will be put together so that this booklet can be written in partnership with the community.

For any queries, please contact Nola Gregory (Aboriginal Community Development Officer), nolag@cgg.wa.gov.au, 9956 6600 or Trudi Cornish (Heritage Services Coordinator), trudic@cgg.wa.gov.au, 9956 6659.

Book Talk with Malgana elder Ada Fossa

Posted: May 20th, 2014

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Join Malgana elder Ada Fossa as she speaks about her book “Stories Laughter and Tears through Bygone Years in Shark Bay” this Saturday in Geraldton.

“My name is Ada Mary Fossá, born Ada Mary Poland on the 8th November 1934. I am a 6th generation Indigenous resident of Shark Bay and also a Malgana elder.
This book is a collection of stories from my memories of growing up and living in Shark Bay with input from some old time residents also included.
There are no airs and graces, no research about this book, just telling it the way it was when we were young and remembering what our parents and grandparents taught us and the places they took us to. It might give an insight into how privileged this present generation is compared to ours many years ago.”

The book is available for purchase from http://www.acashic.com/stories-laughter-tears-shark-bay/ 

 

Free online training at the Geraldton Digital Hub

Posted: May 12th, 2014

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As part of their Digital Hub the City of Greater Geraldton will be holding free interactive training sessions to learn about the internet. The sessions will take participants through a step-by-step to discover the online world. The sessions available are group sessions and maximum numbers are between 6-8 on each session. Book soon to avoid missing out.

For more information visit the Digital Hub Website here or call the Digital Hub on (08) 99656749.

City of Greater Geraldton Community Grants

Posted: March 14th, 2013

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Applications are now open for Round 12 of the City of Greater Geraldton’s Community Grants Program.

The grants provide assistance to local community groups and organisations that make positive contributions to the Greater Geraldton region.

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 28th March 2013.

For eligibility and applications requirements, visit the City of Greater Geraldton website, or contact Natalie Hope on (08) 9956 6621 or natalieh@cgg.wa.gov.au

Applications for Mid West Art Prize 2013 Still Open

Posted: January 15th, 2013

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Applications for entry into the 2013 Mid West Art Prize are still open to all artists throughout Western Australia.

This will be the third year the Mid West Art Prize takes place, with the exhibition scheduled to open at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 2 March 2013.

There will be a total of $45,00 in non-acquisitive awards presented across seven award categories. Application forms are available from the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, or can be downloaded from their website.

Yamaji Arts manager Allison Yearwood has wished all artists of the region good luck, and any new indigenous artists that would like assistance in setting up their profile can contact the centre via the Yamaji Art Website, or on (08) 9965 3440.

For more details about the Mid West Art Prize 2013, please contact the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on 9964 7170 or email grag@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 16 January, 2013.

www.artgallery.cgg.wa.gov.au