Our heritage and history
Before European settlement, Knox's creeks, wetlands and forests were rich with resources.
For thousands of years the creeks, hills and plains now known as the City of Knox have been cared for by the Traditional Custodians.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people living in Knox come from a variety of different nations within Australia, including the Traditional Custodians and Stolen Generation. The practices of the oldest living culture and the contributions of Aboriginal people, local Elders and communities to Victorian life continue to enrich Australian society more broadly.
Knox City Council, located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, possesses places of historic significance to the Kulin nation. Important cultural and historical sites within Knox hold both the traditional knowledge of the First People and the traumatic stories of colonisation.
Cultural sites in Knox include:
- stone tools
- scar trees
- travelling routes or songlines.
Many main roads around Knox are ancient songlines, such as Stud Road.
Prior to settlement, Knox would have been a place of meeting between the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people.
This creek was an important source for food and water in the area. Stone artefacts and scarred trees dotted the landscape.
Police Paddocks and the Native Police Corps
Learn more about:
- the Wurundjeri story at settlement
- the Bunurong story
- the Native Police Corp
- Aboriginal agriculture, technology and ingenuity by Bruce Pascoe
- COMMON GROUND – Sharing First Nations cultures, histories and experiences.
Changes to land boundaries
On July 1 2021, new boundary variations in relation to Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) were put into effect by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. Knox City Council acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation
Care has been taken to discuss the complexities of Traditional Ownership of Country as sensitively as possible. However, it must be acknowledged that even while taking this care, there is deep sorrow and pain involved for our Traditional Custodians and families.
A searchable map of the new RAP boundaries is available. To find the relevant RAP for the areas where you live work and play, enter a specific address in the top right-hand corner.
Find out more about Registered Aboriginal Parties in Victoria.
More about the Kulin Nation
Bunjil the Eagle
Bunjil took the form of both human and an eagle. It created the land of the Kulin Nation.
Find out more:
The Wurundjeri and Bunurong people
Find out more about the people, places and events in our Aboriginal history.
- Wurundjeri Tribe Council
- Bunurong Land Council
- Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Resources available to Aboriginal people
- Aboriginal History of Yarra.
Wominjeka means ‘welcome’ in the language of the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Reconciliation at Knox
Find out more about our Aboriginal reconciliation activities.
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