The timber shed, and two adjacent sheds of similar design on the Commonwealth owned naval cadet site adjacent to the west, date from around 1913.
Blunts Boatyard and Slipway is of historical significance as a rare operating example of the many small scale boat-building and repairing businesses which have operated on the Williamstown foreshore from the 1850s on. Gun Plot is a personally owned and funded website by a former Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer (Gunnery) and has no affiliation whatsoever with the Royal Australian Navy or Department of Defence. Uncle Bryon Powell, Wadawurrung Elder, talks about stories of canoe use by Wadawurrung people. The Culture Victoria project included a full image gallery with archival images, extended audio interviews, and a specifically commissioned documentary.
The Culture Victoria story objects included film, audio and images with curatorial text created by Wind & Sky Productions and three specifically commissioned historical essays written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks. On the rivers of remote Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, stock and people.
Wind & Sky Productions produced a short documentary film and multimedia gallery for Culture Victoria, curating the online exhibition and producing the text, video, audio and visual content.
Lucinda Horrocks radio interview, Breakfast with Dominic Brine, 107.9 ABC Ballarat, 6 July 2015. Project Acknowledgements: Development and filming for this project took place on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung, Jardwadjali, Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) and Woiwurrung speaking peoples. Wind & Sky Productions produced four short digital stories for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka as part of the commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder living on country in Gordon, near Ballarat.
Wind & Sky Productions is the proud recipient of a Sunny Award for Best Film Cultural Diversity for the short documentary The Savoy Ladies Group. At Wind & Sky Productions we live and work on the traditional land of the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation.
We acknowledge their ancient custodianship and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. Accommodation:The 3 cabin layout provides for a 4 berth Folksall cabin, forward, a Galley, Settee, Bathroom cabin amidships with the capacity for 2 berths and the Masters cabin and Queen style berth aft, with the cockpit astern. Remarks:There is a world following of the George Buehler designed boats with the relaibility and seaworthyness almost legendary, and this one has been built for extended sea travel, but is just as comfortable (and beautiful) for cruising the coast around Australia. For more information on this boat, please fill in the following form and we will contact you shortly. There were at various times a number of large scale boat builders and repairers, both government and private, and the infrastructure to support this activity. The use, equipment and layout of the yard remain similar to that of earlier in the twentieth century, while many of the other yards have disappeared or have been changed more substantially.
For many years each carried out a number of important tasks including that of protecting Australia's Economic Exclusion Zone.


Explorers and drovers, gold miners and settlers used Aboriginal ferrying services and boat building services to conduct trade and transport. The project was launched on the 27 May 2015 to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week 2015.
His family can trace its descent the traditional owners of the land around the Ballarat region. A visual artist who discovered painting later in life, Aunty Marlene’s paintings explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields.
Archival images courtesy of: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat Historical Society, Old Colonists Club, Ballarat, The Gold Museum, Ballarat, State Library of Victoria. Just dropped the price by $10,990, wher can you get a boat like this! Katherine Scarlette is built to the world famous George Buehler design, and was built by an English boat builders son in Leithbridge, near Geelong, and launched as a completed hull in 1997-8. In the process of building the George Buehler designed Gaff Ketch, every effort was made to resource the strongest timbers for the job. The foreshore along Nelson Place was particularly suited to small boat building and repair activities. The business moved to Williamstown c1880 and operated from a yard with shed, pier and slipway on the waterfront between Ann Street and Thompson Street. The original slipway was reputedly constructed using elements from the first floating dock to be used in Port Phillip, though there is no above water evidence of this.
The Blunt family boat building business has operated continuously in Williamstown since the 1880s, and in Victoria since the 1850s. Stories abound of trade, canoeing, and heroic rescues on rivers such as the Murray, Goulburn, Campaspe, Ovens and Loddon, shedding light on the generosity, resourcefulness and ingenuity of the Indigenous inhabitants and of the trading relationships formed between Aboriginal people and European colonists. The documentary film screened at the Big Screen at Federation Square, Melbourne, from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC Week 2015. The project team acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work and we pay our respect to their Elders, past and present.
Patrick Howard was arrested after the uprising, but escaped trial because his gun wasn’t loaded. At Wathaurung Corporation, Uncle Bryon maintains links with Ballarat’s Indigenous past and culture through ceremony, education and consultation.
With thanks to: Adrian Burrow, Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Gary Presland, Claire Muir, Hedley Thomson, the Ballarat Environment Network (BEN), the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), and the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. With thanks to: Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Peter Freund, Clare Gervasoni, Barry Gilson, Deanne Gilson, Gordon Morrison, David Miller, Claire Muir, Janice Newton, Roger Trudgeon, the Old Colonists Club Ballarat, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Williamstown was right on the bay but at the same time sheltered, and slipways for small vessels could operate in all weathers. Indeed it could be argued that the waterways skills of Aboriginal Australians were integral to the early economic viability of Victoria. The project features interviews with the historian Associate Professor Fred Cahir and Traditional Owners Uncle Bryon Powell, Jamie Lowe and Rick Nelson, and includes artwork, maps and photographs from the regional and metropolitan collections of the State Library of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Public Record Office Victoria, Museum Victoria and the Ballarat Gold Museum. Film production and development took place on the traditional lands of the Djab Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Jardwadjali, Wadawurrung (Wathaurung), and Woiwurrung peoples.


Acknowledgement: We give thanks to the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land where the Eureka Stockade took place, and pay respect to their Elders past and present. The story of Indigenous people during the time of Eureka has not been told, argues Uncle Bryon. She is a descendent of King Billy, an Indigenous tribal leader of the Ballarat region at the time of the Eureka Stockade, and his wife Queen Mary.
The double and triple thickness Marine Ply decking is surrounded by 30cm bulwarks providing great protection from the elements and a safety and seating rail at the same time. A large number of small boat builders have operated from a variety of premises along the foreshore over the last 150 years. They were deployed around Australia's coast based out of Cairns, Darwin, Sydney and Rockingham.
Three short historical essays written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks were also specially produced for the project. We would like to acknowledge these traditional owners and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
In this short film Shane and Ella reflect on Patrick’s involvement at the Stockade, the factors which drove Patrick to migrate from Ireland and fight for his rights on the Ballarat goldfields, and they discuss the legacy of the Eureka Stockade today. In this film Uncle Bryon introduces the undisturbed location of Winter’s Swamp, near Ballarat, which contains remnants of Indigenous inhabitation going back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. In this short film Aunty Marlene describes the stories she depicts in her paintings ‘Mount Warrenheip and Eureka Stockade’ (2013) and ‘Life on the Goldfields’ (2014). The huge decks and raised cabin tops also have the benefit of providing protected sun baking and seating areas for up to 15-20 people. The trusses of the seaward end of the shed have been modified to allow sheltered work on larger vessels.
He talks about what life was like for Indigenous people before colonisation and details the resilience and adaptability of Wathaurung people on the goldfields in the face of the challenge to their culture and the transformation of their land. She talks of life for her ancestor King Billy, the wearing of breast plates, Indigenous women’s skills of basket weaving and textiles, and she speculates on what Indigenous people must have felt at the time of Eureka. The site had been used from the 1858 till at least 1877 for steam sawmill operations, and from 1913 to 1926 by motor engineers. An older main winch is still located nearby.The long timber pier has a number of moorings and is of a height suited to small vessels.



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