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Cultural Heritage

The Wotjobaluk people have occupied the Wimmera Mallee region for over 40 000 years. There are many significant places and extensive cultural heritage in the Hindmarsh Shire particularly along the Wimmera River, which was known by many different traditional names. The Wimmera River and inland lakes offered plentiful supply of water and food resources amongst the semi-arid surroundings and became an extensive travelling route between Northern Grampians and Lake Albacutya, continuing on past Hattah Lakes to the Murray River.

Significant songlines follow the path of the Wimmera River including; Tchingal the Emu, and the Bram-bram-built brothers. Many of these stories relate to the creation of both the river and the Grampians.

Although the arrival of European squatters and missionaries had a major impact on the Wotjobaluk people, they continue to maintain deep connection to their land and culture today. This continuing relationship with place and culture was formally recognised on 13 December 2005 when the Wimmera River corridor became the first place in Victoria to be granted native title.

The Aboriginal traditional owners welcome you to Wotjobaluk country. They are happy and proud to share this special place with you. Please travel through this country with respect to the Traditional Owners and their Elders past and present.

For more information about the Wotjobaluk people and culture, including the Ebenezer Mission, please contact:

Barengi Gadjin Land Council (03) 5381 0977

Canoe trees (in centre of photo) are dotted along the Wimmera River. The distinctive scars were created by the removal of bark for making canoes. The large number of these trees reflects the importance of the river to the Wotjobaluk people.

image: Belinda Elliot 

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