Local historian Cheryl Glowrey, botanist Mary Ellis and geographer Gary Wallis will form an expert panel to present an interactive discussion about the pre European history of what is known as the Prom Country.
“Prom Country spans the Liptrap Peninsula, through the Corner Inlet amphitheatre to the Welshpool waterways, all with a backdrop of the rolling hills which define South Gippsland. This area has a long and diverse history: of dinosaurs which roamed the ancient landscape, of temperate rainforest lightly touched by the Bratowaloong, through to the gold-hunters, timber-getters, dairy farmers and the more recent arrivals and agricultural activities of the late twentieth century.” (Taken from ‘Prom Country-A History’ by Foster & District Historical Society).
Cheryl will talk about Aboriginal history and the land management of the local area. Mary will share her knowledge of the flora of Prom Country including prehistory, Aboriginal history, botanical exploration, clearing the country and fire and flora reserves. Gary will outline the geology and changes in the local landscape over the decades.
All three authors were contributors to the publication ‘Prom Country – A History’ which contains many photographs from the collection of Foster & District Historical Society and eighteen interviews and memoirs by a wide range of local people telling of their experiences living in Prom Country. Edited by Dr Liz Rushen, the book was produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Foster museum and will be available to purchase on the day.
You may believe there’s nothing more you can learn about the breathtaking area of Corner Inlet, come to this gathering of local knowledge and be surprised.