....a place to reflect
Celebrating Australia’s first Aboriginal Museum/keeping place
The Bangerang Cultural Centre, originally the Shepparton Arts Council, at Shepparton, is the first Aboriginal Cultural ‘keeping place/museum’ to be developed and managed by the Aboriginal community in Australia. The centre houses an important collection of artifacts and artworks from Aboriginal communities across Australia, whilst focusing on local communities of the Murray and Goulburn Valleys.
Why an Aboriginal Museum?
Children will benefit from a museum about the First Australians, where they can learn about a world that is fascinating and exciting through participating in the visual experience of viewing the life sized dioramas.
Families will benefit from a unique place where they can share the joy of learning about Aboriginal culture.
Schools will benefit from partnership with an educational facility that is both engaging and entertaining.
Tourists will benefit from a ‘tourism experience’ where time has stood still and visitors are given a snap shot of traditional Aboriginal cultural life style.
The whole community will benefit through visiting the Bangerang Cultural Centre where Aboriginal culture is celebrated through learning and discovery.
The form of the building consists of a pyramidal roof on an octagonal base.
A verandah encircles the octagonal building. The verandah roof is formed by the continuation of the main roof and is supported on a colonnade of 24 timber poles on a circular concrete base. The verandah floor is a raft concrete slab with slate tiles imported from China that are used to cover the interior flooring.
The design of the eight individual faces of the building proper is modular and generally consistent although there is some variation.
In six of the eight faces, there are three full height windows, have been painted.
The central openings of both entrance facades, at opposite ends of the building, are wider than the regular windows.
The interior consists of a ground floor and mezzanine level. The mezzanine is reached by a stair along the northern side of the reception area. The plan of this level is unusual and consists of a series of rooms that includes the upstairs office area and are linked by a bridge and catwalks to the outer edge.
The museum displays are located along the outer wall and the dioramas and other display areas are opposite. The artifacts are contained in timber and glass cabinets. Along the outer wall of the museum area the Thancopie ceramic artwork is displayed, other artworks and a memorial plaque.
The reception area is in the front of the main entrance with the central office located behind it.
George Browing was engaged to make the dioramas. Design and creation was undertaken over a two year period beginning in early 1981 and completed in February 1983. The title of the dioramas, beginning in a clockwise direction from the entrance, are: ‘Bogong Moth Feast’, Riverina Economy”, Mount William Technology’ and ‘Corroboree’. The dioramas consist of curved painted backdrop, life-sized figures, artifacts and specially procured specimens, including animals.
Photograph of Dancers buy Soc Hedditch