Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Mapping Aboriginal Melbourne

Mapping Aboriginal Melbourne is an interactive map which celebrates the Australian city's First Nation history. The traditional custodians of the land where Melbourne now stands were the Wurundjeri, Woi-wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples

At first glance this map of Melbourne may be hard to navigate as this is a map of the land before the construction of noisy roads and ugly buildings. Instead the map shows a landscape that is filled with trees, rivers and lakes. If you need a little help in navigating this pre-urban environment you can turn on layers which overlay Melbourne neighborhoods and significant buildings and landmarks on the map.

The map contains a number of map markers which provide information about the stories and the rich history of Traditional Owners. For example you can learn the creation story of the Koala bear by reading the tale of Koob-borr. The map also allows you to discover what used to exist in some of modern Melbourne's significant locations. For example the Melbourne Cricket Ground was once a gathering place for the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Government House was a gathering place for the Bunurong Boon Wurrung.

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