On the record: Dreaming Centre continues to grow as place to learn, share

Work continues to make the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre a place where people can gather, yarn and learn.

An exciting new addition to the centre's resources was handed over this week: Rob and Olya Willis and Monica Wren presented a collation of news articles and resources referencing the local Indigenous people over the past 160 years to Aileen Allen.

With articles dating back to 1859 gleaned from the National Library's online resource Trove, the collection is divided into decades as well as topics of interest such as the records of Indigenous trackers.

Local Indigenous identities, Bundaburrah Jack and Lorna Beulah, are amongst the features.

Sifting out these records began as a personal interest for Mrs Wren, who runs the property Carrawobitty with husband Ken.

"I realised I didn't know my history," Mrs Wren said. "When you read it all, you get a sense of what was going on."

The Willises have spent many years recording such stories for the National Library's Oral History Collection, including the Bringing Them Home Project.

Collating them into a printed as well as a digital resource for the Dreaming Centre is a way of expressing the trio's appreciation to Mrs Allen.

Mrs Allen is looking forward to settling down with the folder, which can be added to in future, and hopefully having answers to some of the questions she has had about the Wiradjuri people of the Forbes area.

"Even though I've been described as an elder, I'm still learning," she said.

"I hope this book will give me insight into what I have to and want to learn. I feel like whatever is in this is going to help me look forward, to explain to the kids what I have learned and pass it on."

She encourages and welcomes others to join her.

"I feel privileged to sit and talk, to talk about my culture," she said.

In recent weeks Dreaming Centre volunteers have been busy installing a kitchen, donated by Bunnings, and painting the interior of the lake-side hub building.

The collection of artefacts on display continues to grow, including the contribution of woven baskets by local high school students.

It's all with the aim of making the Centre a warm and welcoming place, Mrs Allen says.