This St Helens History Room display tells of the Tasmanian Aboriginal story pertaining to the North East of Tasmania, from Eddystone Point/Larapuna down to The Gardens within the Bay of Fires. As part of the exhibition a bark canoe built for NAIDOC celebrations in St Helens in 2017, through the local school, representing the Coastal Plains people and their culture is on view. The exhibition also documents the first Aboriginal tourism venture located in NE Tasmania, the wukalina walk.
A display of woven baskets, shell necklaces and homemade string, the importance that ochre played and the vitality of a local community is all testimony to a living culture. These stories from the descendants from this north eastern Tasmanian community are key to keeping country.
This exhibition is part of at the the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival 2018. This year the Festival is focusing on the theme My Culture, My Story. It is a celebration of the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. For all Tasmanian events see here.