About the town

The rural town of Boorhaman is situated in North East Victoria, about half an hour from Wangaratta. It is Pbangerang and Yorta Yorta country, and sits along a beautiful stretch of the Torryong (Ovens River). 

According to the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation website, their land covers a wide stretch of the Murray River “roughly from Cohuna to Albury/Wodonga”, and the country now known as Dockers Plains, Boorhaman and Boorhaman North fall within this. They are river people who traditionally make use of the Murray and all its offshoots, fishing and hunting on the land (2012). The Pangerang/ Bangerang have had similar uses for the land and recognise their land stretching across the Kiala (Goulburn) and Torryong (Ovens) rivers. (Dowling, F 2010).

One of the early white colonists to settle in the area was Joseph Docker, who in c1840 settled at a property in Dockers Plains still known as Bontharambo. From the time of the Docker’s settlement, who recognised the natural resources of the area, Boorhaman was divided for farming. It remains an agricultural area today, with farming of mostly beef, sheep and wheat crops.

The central area of Boorhaman has about 25 residents, and the surrounding farming properties make up a further 125 houses (RCoW, 2011). The central area of Boorhaman has a church, hotel, Country Fire Authority (CFA) shed, golf club, community hall, tennis club, a recreational reserve and the closed primary school. These areas attract a range of activities from Sunday church services, weddings, sporting tournaments, fundraising events and community parties. Most of the residents work on the farming properties or in nearby towns to which they commute.

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About Boorhaman Residency Program Boorhaman
Spring, 2017

During the Boorhaman Residency Melbourne based artists Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato lived and worked in the rural town of Boorhaman, in North East Victoria, creating ambitious artworks at the dis-used Boorhaman Primary School.

These artists used various materials found on site and from around the community, with other materials carefully sourced when bought new so as to align as closely as realistically possible with the material and environmental ethics of Residency Projects.

Throughout the three weeks there were workshops, school visits, artist talks and an open day, marking the end of the program with a publicly accessible day of celebrations.

As a further iteration of this residency there was an exhibition at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, in February 2018; artists installed works which were made on site or were a reflection of their time spent in Boorhaman, curated by Residency Projects Co-Directors Kate Hill and Eugene Howard.

We were delighted to bring this vibrant program of events and dialogue to the beautiful rural town of Boorhaman in Victoria’s North East.

In the lead up to this program and ongoing, we have recieved much support from friends, community members and organisations, here are a few key people:

  • State Government of Victoria: Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Treausry and Finance
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Cathy McGowan (Federal MP for Indi)
  • Judy, Barry and Merryn Byrne
  • Boorhaman Pub
  • Helen Hill
  • Bruck Textiles
  • Alan and Colline Muir (Myrnong)
  • Ian and Faye (for mowing)
  • Workshop participants and all parents and guardians
  • Justine Ambrosio (Rural City of Wangaratta Council)
  • Simone Nolan (Wangaratta Art Gallery)
  • Millie Cattlin and Joe Norster (The Projects)
  • Michelle Zemancheff (Nillumbik Council)
  • Creative Victoria
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Australian Cultural Fund
  • Besen Family Foundation

Residency Projects was fortunate to have gained exclusive access to the dis-used Boorhaman Primary school through the State Government of Victoria, we thank the many people involved in making this project a reality: the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Deputy Premier Education Minister the Hon. James Merlino MP.

Eugene Howard and Kate Hill, 2017
Co-Directors Boorhaman Residency Program

This residency took place on Pbangerang and Yorta Yorta land, we acknowledge these people as the first and continuing custodians of the land and waters; we recognise sovereignty has never been ceded and pay respects to their Elders, past, present and becomming.

All public events as part of the Boorhaman Residency Program have been Auslan interpreted.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Besen Family Foundation through Creative Partnerships Australia’s Cultural Fund.