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Welcome to the Goulburn River Clans Inc.Men's Group

 This site is dedicated to the men in our group who have passed on to the campfire in the sky.

Our aim is to inform all who access it of the journey we have been on over the past ten or so years, and the partnerships and projects that we made and maintain .

Our primary involvement is in Indigenous Culture and Community, Men's Health and Social Justice.

 

 You are welcome to have your say about this site and, maybe, make some suggestions on what we can include and what you like to see here.

But we ask you to be constructive and supportive. We will be making this a living project that will change shape as we get further into it 

 
 

 This website is being set up for people to learn something of our Culture and be involved by telling their stories and sending in photos and anything that will enhance this site. I hope you will support it. 

I think it will be interesting and informative to all who enter it.  It will take some time, with the support of some friends from the big smoke. I am attempting to upload photo's and some video of our journey as an Indigenous Men's Group. We will inform you of the projects and activities we participate in and the outcomes we achieve.

king valley

 old days

 

coolamon scar on the goulburn river

rock art from who knows when

boat rock waterhole

 

This site is about 25 kms north from Mulwala, and is very seldom visited.

The exceptional quality of this site is that it is the only (recently understood) site in the whole of Australia that demonstrates that the Aborigines were able to construct water storages from solid granite rock.

The Australian Aboriginal people have never been considered by white people as a cultured race who prepare for the future, The Boat Rock well is a man made reservoir to catch and hold water for use over the summer/drought period.

 considerable initiative was shown in its creation. A big fire was lit on the site then allowed to cool. When cold, the gravel would be loosened and dug out. The same process would then happen again, and again, fire - dig. This process was repeated until a hole suggested to be over a meter deep was made. This process may have taken dozens of years to complete.

Another amazing factor at this site, is that it takes very little rain to completely fill the water reservoir. The hole (~30 foot plus long and 8 – 10 ft wide) that was "dug, built or made" is in the perfect position to catch the entire run off of the granite outcrop into which it has been made. A small shower of rain is sufficient to fill the hole with water, which is very necessary over the summer period.

Within close vicinity to the Boat Rock well are kangaroos which stay in the area because of the water supply. This made them an easier catch for the Indigenous people. A trip to Boat Rock is a must do item for anybody who is interested in Australian history. This man made dam, although very small, is one of its kind throughout the many thousands of years of aboriginal history.

boat rock waterhole

another view of the rockwell

same place

boat rock well

rock art site - sa

nice spot on the goulburn

 

the old days