Aunty Joy's welcome to country

22 November 2013

Under the gorgeous setting sun, Aunty Joy Wandin-Murphy, AO, filmed a Welcome to Country ceremony at Healesville Sanctuary for Tourism Victoria; it will be seen by all visitors coming through Melbourne Airport.

She took time out to visit the commemorative life-size bronze sculpture of her grandfather, William Barak, at Wurundjeri Walk. Barak was a highly respected Aboriginal leader at Coranderrk Station, where Healesville Sanctuary stands today.

Aunty Joy celebrated Healesville Sanctuary’s connection to Coranderrk by requesting the filming be done at the new Aboriginal cultural experience that takes visitors on a journey down Wurundjeri Walk.

“Barak was proud, brave and strong. He was a strong link between the old and the new in ways of community, in ways of traditional life, in ways of contemporary life. Barak was a bridge between two worlds; he was a man of strength and stamina. In the 1880s Barak was the most famous Aboriginal person in Victoria and was noted by white society as a living treasure.

“I chose to do this filming at Healesville Sanctuary because it is such an important link to our community. It is always so special to come here.”