from Invasion to Recognition

Eliza Tree

From Invasion to Recognition.

Revisiting Indigenous Cultural Landscapes, before the gold rush.

Exploration & Invasion to Goldrush.

1835 – 1851.

Paintings, Maps & Text.

And New Audio Visual !


Exhibition : 10 – 18 March. 12 – 5 pm.

Launch Sat 10th March. 6 – 7 pm.

Loft Gallery. 22 Exhibit.

22 Hargraves St Castlemaine.


In 1835 John Batman established an illegal settlement in Port Phillip Bay.

In 1836, Major T L Mitchell’s Expedition journeyed through Dja Dja Wurrung Country, the Castlemaine region  – describing it as the “Australia Felix”

-the happy & abundant Australia.


Home of the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples, for many millennia,

Living rich Cultural and Spiritual lives,

in abundant cultural, cultivated and created Landscapes.

Within a diverse & extraordinary bio region.


It’s time to revisit this forgotten Chapter.


Exploration, Invasion, Land rush to Gold rush. 1836 – 1851.


It’s time to broaden the grand narrative of the colonial gold rushes,

to reveal Indigenous Cultural landscapes, enjoying a temperate climate within a well watered and abundant geological & ecological region;

Land Grab and Pastoral Invasion of an unprecedented scale; Dispossession & dislocation of Indigenous Peoples;

Before the wild and heroic Victorian Gold Rush(s).


from Invasion to Recognition


OPEN STUDIOS in the Mount Alexander region. 10 – 18 March 2018.

Eliza Tree
from Invasion to Recognition
Revisiting Indigenous Cultural Landscapes, before the gold rush
Paintings, Audio Visual, Maps & Text

Sat 10th – Sun 18th March 2018
10 am – 5 pm

(except Tues & Thurs)

Exhibition Launch 6 pm Sat 10th
6.15 Welcome to Country by elder Aunty Kerri Douglas.
And Music: Kavisha Mazzella & Nick Lyon.

Loft Gallery Upstairs 22 EXHIBIT. 22 Hargraves St.