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Knox’s Aboriginal heritage


Knox has the second largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne's Eastern Metropolitan Region. View more information about the Aboriginal community in Knox

Knox City Council acknowledges, respects and has shared in the customs of the people of the Kulin Nation.
The Knox area is part of the Kulin cultural nation, which occupied Central Victoria around Port Phillip Bay and into the upper reaches of the Golburn and Lodden Rivers. Knox stands on the edge of the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and the Bunurong.


Learn more about the Bunurong story
First Australian’s talks through the Wurundjeri story at settlement

The Knox area is criss-crossed by shared ridge-line travel routes or ‘Songlines’. Many main roads around Knox are ancient songlines, such as Stud Rd. A songline is a path that maps the land in song. By singing the song as you walk, you learn the landmarks and can find your way. Pre-European settlement, the creeks, wetlands and forests of Knox would have been rich with resources. Dandenong Creek, in particular, was an important source for food and water in the area. Stone artefacts and scarred trees dot the landscape and the most significant site in the post area for post-settlement Aboriginal history is the Police Paddocks in Rowville, former home of the Native Police Corps.

The land of the Kulin Nation was created by Bunjil, who took the form of both human and an eagle.

To find out more about Bunjil watch these videos:

This is a very brief introduction and further reading is recommending to give you a sense of the people, places and events in the Aboriginal history of Knox and the Kulin Nation, including:

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