Oil Paint and Ochre
The incredible story of William Barak and the de Purys.
The interaction between William Barak and the de Pury family was inextricably tied to the country on which it took place, where descendants of both sides still live today. But it also has national significance as a story that explores the complexity of first-generation negotiation between Aboriginal and European people in Australia.
Against a backdrop of the establishment of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville, and the growth of the wine industry in the Yarra Valley, an extraordinary relationship developed between a Wurundjeri leader and a winemaking family.
This is their story.