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Wadawurrung People

Category: People
Sub Category:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Place:Bellarine peninsula, Geelong area
State/Country:Victoria, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Wathawurrung People
  • Wada Wurrung People
  • Wadawurrung People
  • Summary Information:

    AIATSIS Thesaurus language code and map grid reference: (S29) (Vic SJ54-12)

    The traditional boundary of the Wadawurrung People runs along the coastline from Werribee to the Lorne Peninsula area. It traverses inland to Colac, through to Cressy onwards to Ballarat. Within this boundary there were approximately 14 smaller clan groups who were traditional and territorial owners of their particular site. There is little recorded European documentation of the history of the Wathaurong due to the loss of the traditional way of life since colonisation.

    The Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative (now known as the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation) is the legislative body to deal with cultural heritage issues within the Wathaurong area.

    Related Entries

  • Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative Limited
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Ballarat
  • Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
  • Event
  • Tree presentation to the Wathaurong people on behalf of the City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Ballarat Statement of Commitment to the Local Indigenous Community
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Aboriginal Planning Development Protocol of the City of Greater Geelong

  • References

    City of Greater Geelong (2000) Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management and Protection Development Planning Protocol
    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) (2020) Language and Peoples Thesaurus 2020


    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Australia)

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