Skipton Remembers and Celebrates
The community of Skipton has embraced the 150th celebrations of the Aboriginal Cricket teams of 1866 and 1868 with a memorial sign unveiled on the banks of Mount Emu Creek.
Through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Mullagh Wills Foundation, together with the Corangamite Council, the commemorative sign was unveiled by Corangamite Major, Cr Jo Beard and Mullagh Wills Foundation Chair, Jane Nathan, at a ceremony in Skipton on Sunday November 12.
With additional support from the Melbourne Cricket Club, the sign recognises the Aboriginal Cricket Team which played against the Melbourne Cricket Club on Boxing Day in 1866 and the Mullagh Wills Foundation Journey to the MCG project which celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the match in 2016.
The Hon Dan Tehan MP, local Member for Wannon, worked with the local communities to support the Mullagh Wills Foundation to provide ongoing recognition of our Indigenous history and the role sport plays in reconciliation in the municipalities in his electorate through the Wannon Stronger Communities Programme.
Mullagh Wills Chair, Jane Nathan said it was wonderful to have the support of the local community and the Corangamite Shire as part of the ongoing recognition of this incredible story in our nation’s history.
“The Mullagh Wills Foundation is about reconciliation and working with communities to, not just celebrate the Aboriginal Cricket Team, Australia’s first ever team to travel overseas, it is about bringing communities together and today is a fitting example of this. Thank you to the local Skipton community, the Corangamite Shire and of course the Hon Dan Tehan and the Federal Government for the wonderful support of this project.”
Corangamite Mayor Cr Jo Beard was delighted the Council was able to continue to support the project and contribute to ‘Reconciliation Through Sport’. She also acknowledged the support of the Hon Dan Tehan and said this was much more than a celebration of the Aboriginal Cricket Team.
“Today marks the completion of the Journey to the MCG project for Corangamite, but it also marks a new beginning in recognition of the first peoples of Australia who lived here, on the banks of Mount Emu Creek, for thousands of generations. Let this modest acknowledgement be a reminder to us of their capacity and achievements – the most enduring living culture on earth.”
The commemorative sign in Skipton is the first of four signs to be erected as part of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme in the Wannon electorate. Signs will also be erected in Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire and the Southern Grampians Shire, all celebrating the Mullagh Wills Foundation’s ‘Journey to the MCG’ project and the Aboriginal Cricket team of 1866 and promoting reconciliation through sport.