Bark Canoe, Coranderrk
Natives & bark Canoe, F. Kruger (photographer), ca. 1870. Photograph : albumen silver ; 20.0 x 27.2 cm. approx. on mount.
This photograph shows culturally sensitive material. Permission to publish must be sought from the collection holder, the State Library of Victoria. Permission to use this photograph was kindly given by Elders of the Wurundjeri Tribe Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Incorporated.Copyright
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Different styles of canoe were built in Victoria. This photograph depicts an inland, flatter, ‘Murray River style’ canoe.
This photograph by Fred Kruger was probably taken on Badger Creek, at Coranderrk, near Healesville in the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne, at around 1870.
Coranderrk, a reserve set up for Aboriginal use by the Victorian government in 1863, was founded on the traditional lands of the Woi Wurrung speaking people, at the instigation of two prominent Wurundjeri leaders Simon Wonga and William Barak. Aboriginal people from all around Victoria were either sent or moved voluntarily to Coranderrk as the process of dispossession forced them from their traditional lands, so the two people in this photograph may have come from river communities elsewhere in Victoria. By the mid 1870s, when this photograph was probably taken, Coranderrk had become a productive farming community.