Cultural History

The indigenous history of the area around Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang is known to date back more than 40,000 years.

The area’s traditional custodians are the Latji Latji, Paakantji (Barkindji), Ngiyampaa, Mutthi Mutthi, Wemba Wemba and Tati Tati and Barapa Barapa.

The understanding of Indigenous history in Australia was revolutionised by the discovery in the 1960s of ancient human remains at Lake Mungo, in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area of Southern New South Wales.

Koori history in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales is particularly significant because the  river resources and local quarries allowed relative permanency among the local groups.  The area's original residents developed specialised tools and traditions and customs specific to the area.

Our entire region of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales is recognised internationally for the number  and significance of human fossils and artifacts. The regions are  considered to be among Australia's richest cultural heritage areas.

The first contact local Koori groups had with Europeans came during Captain Charles Sturt's journeys along the Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers in 1830.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services programs today recognise the importance of reconnecting the community with its culture and building pride in local Koori heritage and traditions.  We are also working to foster understanding and respect in the wider community about traditional culture and customs through our one day Cultural Awareness Training Programs, which aimed at both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.  Find more information here