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Aboriginal places, objects and land management

If you are planning on developing your property go to Planning and development of land.

 

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.

Aboriginal cultural heritage mini-poster series

The Aboriginal cultural heritage mini-poster series provides information about the types of Aboriginal cultural heritage found in Victoria.

Aboriginal scarred trees

Aboriginal  Scarred Trees Aboriginal Scarred TreesDOC (1.29 MB) Aboriginal Scarred Trees Aboriginal Scarred TreesPDF (233.42 KB)

Aboriginal mounds

Aboriginal Mounds Aboriginal MoundsDOC (1.59 MB) Aboriginal Mounds Aboriginal MoundsPDF (209.14 KB)

Aboriginal freshwater middens

Aboriginal Freshwater Middens Aboriginal Freshwater MiddensDOC (1.52 MB)Aboriginal Freshwater Middens Aboriginal Freshwater MiddensPDF (191.65 KB)

Aboriginal flaked stone tools

Aboriginal Flaked Stone Tools Aboriginal Flaked Stone ToolsDOC (1.19 MB) Aboriginal Flaked Stone Tools Aboriginal Flaked Stone ToolsPDF (175.81 KB)

Aboriginal burials

Aboriginal Burials Aboriginal BurialsDOC (777.05 KB) Aboriginal Burials Aboriginal BurialsPDF (116.22 KB)

Aboriginal surface scatters

 Aboriginal Surface Scatters Aboriginal Surface ScattersDOC (1.62 MB)  Aboriginal Surface Scatters Aboriginal Surface ScattersPDF (204.23 KB)

Aboriginal quarries

 Aboriginal Quarries Aboriginal QuarriesDOC (2.24 MB)  Aboriginal Quarries Aboriginal QuarriesPDF (277.14 KB)

Aboriginal ground-edge axes

Aboriginal Ground-Edge Axes Aboriginal Ground-Edge AxesDOC (889.7 KB)Aboriginal Ground-Edge Axes Aboriginal Ground-Edge AxesPDF (119.24 KB)

Aboriginal grinding stones

 Aboriginal Grinding Stones Aboriginal Grinding StonesDOC (1.19 MB)Aboriginal Grinding Stones Aboriginal Grinding StonesPDF (147.06 KB)

Aboriginal stone arrangements

Aboriginal Stone Arrangements Aboriginal Stone ArrangementsDOC (1.07 MB) Aboriginal Stone Arrangements Aboriginal Stone ArrangementsPDF (156.48 KB)

Aboriginal sites on private property

Aboriginal Sites on Private Property Aboriginal Sites on Private PropertyDOC (3.9 MB) Aboriginal Sites on Private Property Aboriginal Sites on Private PropertyPDF (390.27 KB)

Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves

Aboriginal Axe-Grinding Grooves Aboriginal Axe-Grinding GroovesDOC (1.04 MB) Aboriginal Axe-Grinding Grooves Aboriginal Axe-Grinding GroovesPDF (117.42 KB)

Aboriginal coastal shell middens

Aboriginal Coastal Shell Middens Aboriginal Coastal Shell MiddensDOC (1.21 MB) Aboriginal Coastal Shell Middens Aboriginal Coastal Shell MiddensPDF (156.7 KB)

Aboriginal rock art

Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal Rock ArtDOC (196.5 KB) Aboriginal Rock Art Aboriginal Rock ArtPDF (162.77 KB)

Aboriginal historical places

Aboriginal Historical Places Aboriginal Historical PlacesDOC (1.91 MB)Aboriginal Historial Places Aboriginal Historial PlacesPDF (197.58 KB)

Index of mini-poster series

Index of Mini Poster series Index of Mini Poster seriesDOC (1.45 MB) Index of Mini Poster series Index of Mini Poster seriesPDF (292.61 KB)

The Kulin People of Central Victoria

See also posters about:

The Kulin People of Central Victoria The Kulin People of Central VictoriaDOC (42 KB) The Kulin People of Central Victoria 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.

Contact us

For further information about your property or a possible discovery please contact:

Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register
Phone: 1800 762 003
Email: vahr@dpc.vic.gov.au