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What is colonialism and how are we haunted here?


“Gippsland” history through cognitive mapping workshops. Settlers are invited to participate in workshops exploring the history of white invasion here in "Gippsland". Cognitive mapping will be the tool we use to express and explore the knowledge we each already hold about local history and we will explore how we carry this knowledge in our everyday lives.

These workshops will provide you with a clear understanding of how European people occupied these lands, and how this invasion relates to the legal definition of genocide. You will also learn what different kinds of sources of information about this past remain in the present and how you can find them yourself.


Bookings essential | Places limited
For bookings contact the organiser Dr Shannon Woodcock:

Location: East Gippsland Art Gallery

2 Nicholson street Bairnsdale

Four courses are offered, each with the same content.

Cost: 120$ for 6 hours and 50% of this will pay the rent on Country.

Participants are invited to bring their preferred pencils/crayons/pens

Group 1
SUNDAY 24 Feb 3-6pm and SUNDAY 3 March 3-6pm 2019

Group 2
3 consecutive THURSDAY nights:  6-8pm |  14, 21, 28 February 2019

Group 3
3 consecutive TUESDAY nights: 6-8pm |  5, 12, 19 March 2019

Group 4

2 consecutive SUNDAY afternoons: 3-6pm | 10 March, 17 March 2019


2 Nicholson Street
Bairnsdale Victoria 3875
+61 03 5153 1988


Gallery hours:
Tuesday–Friday 10am–4pm
Saturday 10am–2pm
Sunday-Monday CLOSED

FREE Admission

 Letter from Henry Howard Meyrick 1846

The workshop will be conducted by Shannon Woodcock, who has twenty years experience in the field of genocide studies. Shannon has used cognitive mapping as a tool to explore the past with both survivors and perpetrators of genocide, and has been a post-doctoral researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and worked at the University of Tirana, Albania, and La Trobe University.
The questions we will discuss in this workshop include the following. What do we know of how settlers committed and commit genocide across countries? How are we haunted by these histories? Where do the ghosts of our colonial ancestors appear and how do we respond to them? What does it mean to 'settle' on country where our sovereignty nests within the unceded sovereignty of First Nations people?

Image: Letter from Henry Howard Meyrick 1846 H15805 in Meyrick 1840-1847 [manuscript]. Box 101/3 State Library Victoria
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