Heritage Events

18 April 2023

It's Australian Heritage Month and we're pleased to be supporting a number of events celebrating our rich history.

We'll also be there to talk about our heritage review and seek your feedback to help inform a new Heritage Strategy. These events are led by or supported by local heritage community groups and organisations.

Photograph of Bain Attwood and Daniel James, alongside book cover of William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story

William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story

In conversation with Bain Attwood and Daniel James


Wednesday, 3 May from 6-7:30 pm.


Footscray Library - 56 Paisley Street, Footscray.


Professor Bain Attwood will discuss his book, William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story - a conversation facilitated by Yorta Yorta writer and broadcaster, Daniel James.

William Cooper was a respected Aboriginal leader and social justice campaigner who lived in Footscray during the 1930's, where he took a lead role in establishing the Australian Aborigines' League - the first organisation demanding justice for Aboriginal people.

His former residence at 73 Southampton Street, Footscray - was recently included on the Victorian Heritage Register - as one of the few surviving places in Victoria related to this significant social movement of early 20th-century Aboriginal activism.

Supported by Maribyrnong Libraries, Footscray Historical Society, and Living Museum of the West, this event is free but we are asking attendees to please register to secure a spot. Light refreshments will be provided and the conversation will be recorded and shared later for those who are unable to attend in person.

Walking Tours

Walking tours are a great way to learn about the history of our neighbourhoods - bringing the stories of our parks, built form, and streets to life.

These tours are brought to you by the Footscray Historical Society, with the support of local organisations, to help celebrate Australian Heritage Month.

Please note: There is a small fee for the Seddon walking tours, required upon registration with all proceeds going to 'Reaching Out in the Inner West of Melbourne', a local charity supporting people experiencing homelessness.

Logos of  Council, Footscray Historical Society and Seddon Village Traders