Aboriginal places, objects and land management
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What are Aboriginal places and objects?
Aboriginal people have lived in southern Australia, including what is now Victoria, for thousands of years. During that time, the people living in these regions left physical evidence of their activities that now survive as cultural heritage places and objects. Aboriginal places and objects can be found all over Victoria and are often near major food sources such as rivers, lakes, swamps and the coast.
Aboriginal places and objects can also be found on private property. Aboriginal Victoria works in partnership with landowners, land managers and Aboriginal communities to record, protect and manage these places and objects.
The Aboriginal cultural heritage mini-poster series provides information about the types of Aboriginal cultural heritage found in Victoria.
Aboriginal Scarred TreesDOC (1.29 MB) Aboriginal Scarred TreesPDF (233.42 KB) Aboriginal MoundsDOC (1.59 MB) Aboriginal MoundsPDF (209.14 KB) Aboriginal Freshwater MiddensDOC (1.52 MB) Aboriginal Freshwater MiddensPDF (191.65 KB)
Aboriginal Flaked Stone ToolsDOC (1.19 MB) Aboriginal Flaked Stone ToolsPDF (175.81 KB) Aboriginal BurialsDOC (777.05 KB) Aboriginal BurialsPDF (116.22 KB) Aboriginal Surface ScattersDOC (1.62 MB) Aboriginal Surface ScattersPDF (204.23 KB) Aboriginal QuarriesDOC (2.24 MB) Aboriginal QuarriesPDF (277.14 KB) Aboriginal Ground-Edge AxesDOC (889.7 KB) Aboriginal Ground-Edge AxesPDF (119.24 KB) Aboriginal Grinding StonesDOC (1.19 MB) Aboriginal Grinding StonesPDF (147.06 KB) Aboriginal Stone ArrangementsDOC (1.07 MB) Aboriginal Stone ArrangementsPDF (156.48 KB) Aboriginal Sites on Private PropertyDOC (3.9 MB) Aboriginal Sites on Private PropertyPDF (390.27 KB) Aboriginal Axe-Grinding GroovesDOC (1.04 MB) Aboriginal Axe-Grinding GroovesPDF (117.42 KB) Aboriginal Coastal Shell MiddensDOC (1.21 MB) Aboriginal Coastal Shell MiddensPDF (156.7 KB) Aboriginal Rock ArtDOC (1.34 MB) Aboriginal Rock ArtPDF (162.77 KB) Aboriginal Historical PlacesDOC (1.91 MB)
Aboriginal Historial PlacesPDF (197.58 KB) Index of Mini Poster seriesDOC (1.45 MB) Index of Mini Poster seriesPDF (292.61 KB) See also posters about The Kulin People of Central VictoriaDOC (42 KB) The Kulin People of Central VictoriaPDF (283.32 KB)
What if I have found an Aboriginal place or objects?
The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 requires that the discovery of Aboriginal cultural heritage places or objects on any public or private land in Victoria be reported to Aboriginal Victoria. Landowners who suspect a discovery of cultural heritage on their land can find out what to do on Report and protect a possible Aboriginal place or object.
How do I find out if there is a recorded Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Place on my property?
To find out whether your property has any recorded Aboriginal cultural heritage places or sites, such as scarred trees, occupation sites or places of burial, you will need to access the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register.
Landowners are authorised to access the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register but need to apply for access. Applicants will then be contacted by the Heritage Registrar.
You can also phone the Heritage Registry on 1800 762 003 to ask for an application form to be posted to you.
If you're thinking about development works on your property, read Planning and development of a property.
For further information about your property or a possible discovery please contact: