This year World Science Festival Brisbane is proud to present two very special audio trails for your listening, and wandering pleasure.

 

These trails have been developed with local Indigenous leaders and community members – their stories create a beautiful audible adventure through local histories and soundscapes.

 

In light of avoiding mass gatherings this activity is something you can do on your own, with friends or family and at your own pace. Plus, you don’t need to listen to them all, and you can choose which episode you start at.

 

Self Guided Audio Trail: Discovering Meeanjin

Join Traditional Owner Shannon Ruska and Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology at Queensland Museum on a journey to discover the hidden layers of our city. These two story tellers will connect you to the stories of our past combining Indigenous history and archaeology. Start this audio tour anywhere along the trail route, simply pick your landmark to learn more about the history of Meeanjin. If you are listening to all 6 stories the whole circuit will take you 30-40 minutes, each story is approximately 5-7 minutes.
Story 1 - Welcome to Meeanjin

Learn the meaning and significance of Welcome to Country. Take your imagination across bridges from the first penal colony and back to the present day.
LOCATION: Victoria Bridge Memorial (Abutment. QPAC side of bridge)

 

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Story 2 - Across Time

As you walk over the Victoria Bridge with the river below you, learn about the history of the divided north and south lands of the city. Plus reflect on the recent significance of the bridge as a place of protest and ceremony.
LOCATION: Walking over the Victoria Bridge (from South Brisbane to the City)

 

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Story 3 - Centre of activity

This area is archaeologically rich in both cultures. It’s a young city through a colonial lens but first nations people have used these areas for thousands of years.
LOCATION: End of the Victoria Bridge on the corner of Wharf Street looking at Reddacliff Place.

 

 

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Story 4 - Places of Significance

All of these places have significance which has not been forgotten. By talking about our shared past we are forging the path together.
LOCATION: William Street at the back of the casino. After the story, take your headphones off and walk cross the road to Queens Park.

 

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Story 5 - Now and Then

Take a seat on a park bench and observe the history of Queens Gardens, a place of abundance.
LOCATION: Queens Park (next to the Casino). After the story, take your headphones off and walk cross the road to Miller Parker.

 

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Story 6 - A Time to Reflect

Switch on your archaeological mindset. This place is rich with artifacts. A great opportunity to sit down and reflect under the old fig tree.
LOCATION: Queens Gardens (next to the Casino).

 

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About Shannon Ruska

From the age of 8 years old Shannon Ruska has been living the dream of bringing culture alive. His father and many Aboriginal uncles and aunties over the years have instilled his heritage into his heart and soul.

About Nick Hadnutt

Nick Hadnutt, Archaeology curator in the Cultures and Histories Program, responsible for researching, curating and sharing the Queensland Museum’s archaeology collections.

Self Guided Audio Trail: Discovering Gudya

The Traditional Owners of our land have been practicing science for over 60,000 years. Explore this self-guided audio trail at the Gudya (Mt Coot-tha) Botanical Gardens with Aunty Colleen Wall as she shares her ancient wisdom in the context of this beautiful natural setting. It’s part meditation, part science lesson and 100% engaging. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, this wandering path takes approximately 30 minutes through the Gudya gardens. Bring your hat, bottle of water and of course headphones. If you are listening to all 6 stories the whole circuit will take you 30-40 minutes, each story is approximately 5-7 minutes.
Story 1 - Who I am!

Meet Aunty Col, (Colleen Wall nee Geiszler) senior Dauwa Kabi woman, as she begins this storytelling journey by exploring the relationship between the environment, culture and blood-way.

 

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Story 2 Gudya - A Special Mountain

Learn the significance of Gudya and the dark-honey bee of Mt Coot-tha and all the neighboring natural wonders of this mountain.

 

 

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Story 3 - Pathways Linking Gudya

Discover the song-lines that maintain the Land Laws running along Ancient Pathways that continue to travel all over Australia.

 

 

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Story 4 - South Brisbane Pathways

Stand with Aunty Col from the base of Gudya and follow the new colonial pathways all the way to Moreton Bay.
Learn about the impact of these new paths on First Nations people.

 

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Story 5 - Murung (Totem) Responsibility

Aunty Col explains how to recognise your Totem (Murung) and how they teach us about layers of respect and responsibilities.

 

 

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Story 6 - Munda’gudar - Creation Spirit

Munda’gudar is known to all First Nation peoples across Australia as the Spirit who lives in every major waterhole.
Reflect with Aunty Col on how essential vegetation is to the Gudya Bee’s ecosystems.

 

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About Aunty Col

Colleen Wall, a Senior Woman from the Dauwa (String Bark) Clan of the Ka’bvai or Kabi (Bee) Nation is from the western Mary River catchment in South East Queensland. Her personal Murung is Marun – Sand Goanna.

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