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William Buckley: The Go-Between @ Red Rock Theatre

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The Life and Times of Australia's Most Famous Convict
Storyteller Jan Wositzky examines the legend of William Buckley
Storyteller Jan Wositzky scrutinises the William Buckley legend

William Buckley is a legend within Australian folklore, and school groups and the general public are invited to find out more at 'Buckley the Go Between', thanks to Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery in Cororooke.

Jan Wositzky will present three story telling performances about the life and times of Australia's most famous convict William Buckley (1780 - 1856), who escaped Victoria's first penal settlement in Sorrento in 1803. Buckley lived with the Wathaurong people for the next 32 years before surrendering to John Batman at Indented Heads in 1835. He subsequently became embroiled in the controversial early settlements around Port Phillip Bay.

William Buckley
William Buckley

Storyteller Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky, one of the founding members of the Bushwackers Band, pulls no punches as he draws on Buckley's biography, official documents, contemporary literature, Wathaurong language and personal research to paint a picture of the life and times of WIlliam Buckley.

Buckley: The Go-Between includes Buckley's escape from Sorrento, life with Wathaurong Aboriginal people, his two years as the go-between, and his role as interpreter between the Port Phillip Aborigines and colonists John Batman and John Fawkner.

William Buckley
First Settlers Discover Buckley by Frederick William Woodhouse, 1861 (State Library of Victoria)

Wositzky engages his audience, asking them to consider questions about black-white relations, as relevant today as they were in the 1800's. The origin of that oft used expression, "You've Got Buckley's", will be revealed, and may surprise you.

Two perfomances for school groups will be held on Thursday 5th September at 1.30pm and Friday 6th September at 10.30am at a cost of $7 per student. A performance for the general public is to be held on the evening of Friday 6th September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $20 / $15 concession with supper provided.

Enquires can be directed to Red Rock Arts on 0488 531637.
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Why? Unpack the legend of William Buckley
When: 5th-6th September, 2013
Phone: 0488 531637
Where: Red Rock Arts Gallery and Theatre
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $15, School groups $7 per student
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