Little-known stories of Orange’s rich indigenous history are set to come to light at the Orange Regional Museum this week.

The event is the latest in a series of free public lectures which looks at stories of local history.
The lecture, titled Wiradjuri Lives by historian Dr Michael Bennett *, includes stories of Wiradjuri people and:

  • their contribution of to the pastoral industry,
  • their role as trackers in responding to the bushrangers of the 1860s
  • the lives of important Wiradjuri ancestors. Key stories include the lives of Fanny (Banjo Patterson’s Aboriginal nanny), Jimmy Clements and Kitty Hanley.

Wiradjuri Lives, presented by Dr Michael Bennet will be held on Thursday 16th February at Orange Regional Museum.

The lecture will discuss the research and findings of the Orange Aboriginal Heritage Study completed in 2016, through the Orange Blayney and Cabonne Regional Sustainable Collections Program.


“With the first exhibition at the new museum, the Orange community has started to explore our history in new ways. I’m delighted with the numbers coming through the
door at the museum,” Cr John Davis said. “A lecture series like this is a great compliment
to the displays.”
Museum director Brad Hammond said Dr Bennett’s talk will emphasize the importance
of working with the Aboriginal community to bring these stories to light.
“Orange Regional Museum’s public lecture series elaborates on and generates
discussion around topics from the exhibition - Journeys: people place stories,” Brad
Hammond said.

“Audiences who come to the lectures will go away with an informed understanding of
local heritage and how it relates to our modern community.”

Wiradjuri Lives, presented by Dr Michael Bennet will be held on Thursday 16th February
at Orange Regional Museum. FREE admission. Bookings essential.

More information: http://www.orangemuseum.com.au/wiradjuri-lives/