Wiradjuri tales: study yields untold stories of indigenous history

TRUTH UNCOVERED: Wiradjuri Lives will be delivered at the museum.

TRUTH UNCOVERED: Wiradjuri Lives will be delivered at the museum.

​A SERIES of free public lectures at the Orange Regional Museum will share little-known stories from the area’s indigenous history on Thursday.

The three-lecture series, Wiradjuri Lives, will be delivered by historian Dr Michael Bennett, including stories of Wiradjuri people and their contribution to the pastoral industry, their role as trackers in responding to the bushrangers of the 1860s and the lives of important Wiradjuri ancestors.

Dr Bennett will also cover the stories of Fanny, who was Banjo Patterson’s Aboriginal nanny, Jimmy Clements and Kitty Hanley.

The lectures resulted from the research and findings of the Orange Aboriginal Heritage Study completed in 2016.

Mayor John Davis said the museum had allowed the community to explore history in new ways.

“A lecture series like this is a great compliment to the displays,” he said.

Admission is free, however bookings are essential by emailing museum@orange.nsw.gov.au or calling 6393 8444.