• Hannah Phillips

Do You Have a Piece of History in Your Backyard?

Aboriginal culture is rich throughout the Australian country, with significant stones, trees and utensils still potentially hidden across our landscapes.

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Many of the already located artifacts have come from farming land, with a current call out to the NSW Riverina region for farmers to keep an eye peeled for anything that looks like it could hold historic significance.

Sarah caught up with Research Fellow Dr Robyn McKenzie in The School of Archeology and Anthropology at The Australian National University, to find out what we should be looking for and what to do if we find anything on our properties.

Traditional stone objects like axes, spearheads, and grinding stones are the most common objects being found by farmers in the region.

These items, once located, could noticeably stand out from their current environment, or be shaped, sharpened or grinded in a particular manner.

If you have noticed anythign that fits this description, you are invoted to attend a series of information sessions featuring archaeologists, geologists and Indigenous knowledge holders to help you learn more about these objects.

Being held in Forbes, Narrandera and Wagga Wagga throughout October.


Sunday October 14,11am–3pm at the Cultural Hub at the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre

4 Hill Street or use footbridge at the end of Cross Street.


Saturday October 20, 11am–3pm at the Narrandera Arts and Community Centre

31 Caddell Street (opposite Parkside Museum).


Sunday October 21,10am–2pm at the Museum of the Riverina – Historic Council Chambers

Corner Morrow & Baylis Streets

For more information about the project, or to get in touch with Robyn, email robyn.mckenzie@anu.edu.au.