- How will you remember Bogong, a small little village at the far end of the world?
- Will you remember the sound of the kookaburra bird singing like a man laughing from somewhere far in the mountain?
- Will you remember the walk around the lake, looking at the sun set on top of the mountain while listen to water running?
- Will you remember those rabbits jumping out from nowhere and running away into the bush?
- Will you remember all those sound and all those footsteps?
- What will you see when you close your eyes and dream of Bogong?
How will you remember?
- Time fly.
- Even though the day is longer because of the sun I work harder in summer.
But just in an eye's blink, it’s been already 2 weeks in Bogong.
- Walk down to sit by the lake almost everyday never boring.
- Walk alone on the Lake Guy walking track around the lake and see the whole mountain area from far is really inspiring.
Having time to be with yourself in nature, slowly walking to look and hear all the natural surroundings is a blessing.
The time I spend here, slowly inspiration and story come to me. Every step I walked here took me further and further from the present and - leads me to my lost memories.
The mountain, the village, the lake, the birds, the river current, the gum tree and white burnt trees on top of the mountain, it’s all about everything here that took me back to myself.
- But time flies.
- Now I’m packing my bag.
- Leaving the fairy mountain.
Leaving a little girl who I once looked into her eyes, took her hand danced with her and found that she is me.
- Will I forget her and all these dreams that once happen to me in the mid summer of Bogong.
- Like those everlasting daisy I hold in my hand, I will remember.
I shall remember.
- Time flies.
- I’m leaving my dream and going back to my reality.
I ‘m going to the future to bring back the past.
The new step to walk through is waiting ahead.
- “Please Mr. Wallace please don’t tell me this is just a dream!”
- “Oh dear what a cute little creature you are asking this question!
- Well I will tell you one thing my dear. Now is real. Nothing will be more real than Now!”
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The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture is a remote-regional cultural initiative situated in the foothills of Victoria’s Alpine National Park. Established by Philip Samartzis and Madelynne Cornish the Centre supports projects focusing on the processes and impacts of sustainable energy production; effects of climate change in wilderness areas; ethnographic studies of remote communities; the chronicling of vanishing industrial procedures; and systems of representation used to render natural and built environments.
Additionally, the BCSC facilitates a broad cultural program comprising, festivals, exhibitions, publications, master classes and artists’ talks focusing on site-specific art practices. These programs establish a connection with place, its inhabitants, geographic space and memory. They engage a wide range of audiences, bringing together local, interstate and international artists across multiple disciplines and fields to realise ambitious works.
The BCSC is situated at the newly restored old school at Bogong Alpine Village located 350 kilometres from Melbourne in North East Victoria.
About Bogong Village
Bogong Alpine Village is 325 kilometres North-East of Melbourne situated at an altitude of 800 meters in the Alpine National Park between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek. The village was established in the late 1930s to service the first hydroelectric scheme in mainland Australia. More recently it has become a popular site for alpine sports, recreation and ecotourism. Click here for directions.
A Short History
Work on the Kiewa Scheme commenced in 1938 with the construction of a road from Tawonga to the High Plains. Previously the only access was by foot or horseback along tracks that had been forged by cattlemen of a bygone era. Bogong Village was established once the road from Junction Camp was trafficable (March 1939); this paved the way for the construction of permanent buildings. Prior to that life was tough; large canvas tents and flies were used for sleeping quarters and smaller tents were set up to house the kitchens. By 1940 Bogong Township had grown considerably with a general store, staff offices, recreational mess, police station, and a variety of accommodation such as single men’s quarters and residences for married staff and families.
Bogong State School
In 1941 the Primary School at Bogong Village enrolled its first intake of students comprising nine pupils. Initially the school consisted of a large classroom, storeroom and boys and girls toilets. Extensions were carried out in 1944, which expanded the capabilities of the school. A library, storeroom, pupil’s lunchroom and shelter shed were added and rock gardens were established. By 1947 the number of students had grown to 46 all of whom were children of local SEC workers. Over the years class sizes fluctuated and the building remained unchanged. In 1980 it ceased to operate as a school and sat idle, eventually falling into disrepair. In 2004 it was sold along with many other buildings in the village.
Madelynne Cornish and Philip Samartzis bought the Old School and set about restoring it to its former glory. The rotting weatherboards and floorboards, smashed windows and flaking paint are now a distant memory. The newly refurbished building occupies it’s original footprint and bares a strong resemblance to it’s former self. Although the internals have been modernized remnants of it’s past history remain. The Old School once played a significant role in the fabric of village life. It inspired the community and helped shape the minds of those who studied there. It is our intention as custodians that the School once again functions as a place of inspiration.
Reference: Kiewa Kids School Days at Bogong & Mount Beauty by Graham Gardner
ISBN 0-646-36226-7. Published 1998