Listen to ‘Carving up the Country’ on ABC

Photo: Unsplash, Leura, NSW Australia

Carving up the Country’ traces a number of significant trees across the east coast of Australia. GML Interpretation and Design Team Leader, Minna Muhlen-Schulte co-produced the 28-minute radio documentary with Emma McGirr.

Gamilaraay woman, Marika Duczynski, tells the stories about carved trees that mark moments of cultural significance, from north west Queensland to western NSW.

Stories include the Baradine funeral tree, which was repatriated to the traditional owners of Baradine, the Gamilaroi Nation, NSW in 2010. The birthing trees of Ararat—which were threatened with demolition in 2019—are also featured, as well as trees carved by colonial explorers in the Blue Mountains, NSW, and Burketown, Qld.

Listen to ‘Carving up the Country’ on ABC History Listen now, or hear it on ABC Radio National at 11.00am on Tuesday 4 February 2020 or at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 February.

Read more about carved trees and their role in our contested national history.

The producers with Merv Sutherland and Michael Ross at Baradine Local Aboriginal Land Council

Murrandoo Bulyani Yanner with GML’s Minna Muhlen-Schulte in Burketown