Many Roads a Finalist in Local Heritage Awards

The Wind & Sky Productions project Many Roads: Chinese on the Goldfields is a finalist in the 2019 Ballarat Design and Excellence Awards in the Communicating, Promoting and Celebrating Heritage category.

The awards are run by the City of Ballarat in collaboration with the National Trust (Vic) Ballarat branch, celebrate excellence in heritage and design in the Ballarat region. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 24 May 2019.

Read More

Highly Commended in MAGNA Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ was Highly Commended in its category at the Museums and Galleries National Awards, the MAGNA 2016 Awards, announced on the 18th May 2016 in Auckland.

Read More

Canoe Project Sheds Light on Hidden Aboriginal History

1 July 2015 (revised)

A new project about bark canoes reveals a forgotten history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.

On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people.

A documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short educational essays.

The film was screened on the Big Screen at Fed Square every day from the 5-11 July 2015 as part of NAIDOC week 2015.

Read More


Aunty Marlene Gilson – M.A.D.E Digital Stories



Client: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Produced: 2014

Length: 4.19 minutes

Aunty Marlene Gilson A Queen Mary of Ballarat Aunty Marlene in the Art Gallery of Ballarat AM_2

Aunty Marlene Gilson is a Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder living on country in Gordon, near Ballarat. A visual artist who discovered painting later in life, Aunty Marlene’s paintings explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields. Her work is marked by a naive style which references her Indigenous and European ancestry. She is a descendent of King Billy, an Indigenous tribal leader of the Ballarat region at the time of the Eureka Stockade, and his wife Queen Mary. In this short film Aunty Marlene describes the stories she depicts in her paintings ‘Mount Warrenheip and Eureka Stockade’ (2013) and ‘Life on the Goldfields’ (2014). She talks of life for her ancestor King Billy, the wearing of breast plates, Indigenous women’s skills of basket weaving and textiles, and she speculates on what Indigenous people must have felt at the time of Eureka.

Wind & Sky Productions produced four short digital stories for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka as part of the commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. The films are on permanent display in the Museum touchtable exhibition.


On permanent display, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.

21 November 2015, Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF)


Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written and researched by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Aunty Marlene Gilson
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Lucinda Horrocks
‘Mount Warrenheip and Eureka Stockade’ © Marlene Gilson, 2013, ‘Life on the Goldfields’ © Marlene Gilson, 2014.
Archival images courtesy of:
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat Historical Society, Old Colonists Club, Ballarat, The Gold Museum, Ballarat, State Library of Victoria.
With thanks to:
Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Peter Freund, Clare Gervasoni, Barry Gilson, Deanne Gilson, Gordon Morrison, David Miller, Claire Muir, Janice Newton, Roger Trudgeon, the Old Colonists Club Ballarat, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Commissioned by:
Jane Smith, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
Funded by:
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
We give thanks to the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land where the Eureka Stockade took place, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.
Copyright with:
© M.A.D.E. Ballarat 2014. All rights reserved.