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George Cox of Mulgoa and Mudgee: Letters to his sons
1846 – 49.
Wiradjuri Nation: The Cox family, the Wiradjuri Nation and Winbourne and Burrundulla, cont. P.35
A bark painting of a kangaroo from Arnhem Land was given by Mum Shirl to the Brothers’ community, which was first hung in the chapel and later moved to the Brothers’ new community dwelling. Joyce also gave one of her own paintings to the Brothers’ community, which now hangs on their community room wall. She also brought many Aboriginal groups to Winbourne on school retreats.
After Jim Kohen’s survey, Winbourne became a popular retreat for Aboriginal people, with more formal conferences taking place including the biennial conference in 1997 organized by the National Coordinating Group (Indigenous Ministries), which brought Aboriginal people from five Australian states together.
However, many Aboriginal visitors felt a disquiet about Winbourne, and more particularly at Eisenhuth House, where a presence of death was felt. The feelings were so widely held, that a special cleansing ceremony was held to release the spirits and heal the land.
Winbourne now preserves its Aboriginal sites, with archaeological signing and further development of the site as a significant place for traditional Aboriginal people and Australian history.
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