posted on 29 Oct 22 | by Castlemaine, Maldon & Surrounds

The exhibition Boorp Boorp Boondyil (passing knowledge to our children) is a name gifted to the project by local Dja Dja Wurrung senior Elder, Uncle Rick Nelson. It is pronounced ‘Boorp’ as in ‘torpedo’ and ‘Boondyil’ as in ‘book’.

This permanent exhibit provides residents and visitors with an opportunity to walk through an interactive space, where they will learn the history of the area, including the story of the Eagle, the Bat and the Crow, the Creation Story of the Dja Dja Wurrung in the Mount Alexander region, as told by the Nelson family. The exhibition also includes important cultural lessons about living on Country and bush foods, medicine, waterways and weaving.

Dja Dja Wurrung senior elder, Uncle Rick Nelson (pictured) has been instrumental in creating the Boorp Boorp Boondyil exhibit.

"This is a story my father told me. It’s hugely important to pass it on to our children, and our children’s children" – Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, Uncle Rick Nelson.

This new permanent exhibition shares the historic and contemporary stories and teachings of the local Jaara People (Traditional Owners) of the area known as Mount Alexander Shire and beyond.

Exhibiting artists include:

Aunty Marilyne Nichols – Werpila Larnuk (Eagle’s Nest)
Aunty Marilyne Nichols is a Multi-Clans; Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta, Baraba Baraba, Wadi Wadi and Jupagulk master weaver.
Werpila Larnuk is constructed from natural materials found on Dja Dja Wurrung djankak (Country). These have been carefully woven into place with raffia fibre and twigs which have been collected from the Jaara landscape. The type of weaving style used to connect the materials together is a spiral technique coiled Coil Weaving. Together, the materials used allow the nest to take on a beautiful and intricate shape of its own.

Alvin Darcy Briggs – Writing with Fire
Alvin Darcy Briggs is a Taungarung and Yorta Yorta man, who lives and works on Jaara Country.
Alvin has used pyrographic – ‘writing with fire’ on reclaimed timber poles to celebrate the native animals and plants found on Country.
Alvin has incorporated Dja Dja Wurrung language, holding deep respect for Jaara culture while sharing his artistic practice and the knowledge continued from his father and ancestors.

Georgie Rose – Werpil, Waa, and Yaran-milal-wit (Eagle, Bat and Crow)
Georgie Rose is an artist, storyteller and puppeteer who lives and works in Lalgambook Country (Mt. Franklin, Victoria).
Her creations of Werpil, Waa and Yaran-milal-wit, were made with cultural guidance from Uncle Rick Nelson and includes input from the Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from ‘The Meeting Place’ (a Nalderun Program).

Paul Turbitt – Volcano
Paul Turbitt is a practicing artist working on Jaara Country at Strangways.
The body of the volcano is made from ferro-cement and oxides. The rocks that surround the base are gathered from the local volcanoes Lalgambook (Mount Franklin) and Mount Kooroocheang. Amongst these rocks are small stone fragments which are blades and scraper tools often found around the camp ‘napping floor’.


Exhibition is open 7 days a week, 9-5pm in the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre, located in our Historic Market Building. 

Boorp Boorp Boondyil is made possible from a generous grant of $400,000 from Regional Development Victoria, and is being developed in collaboration with the SharingStories Foundation.

Funders include:
Gandel Foundation
Telematics Trust
Australian Government – Indigenous Languages and Arts
Besen Family Foundation
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Freemasons Foundation Victoria Limited