Aboriginal Culture


Welcome to aboriginalculture.com.au

Cover page of 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals by David M. Welch

Australian Aboriginal culture varies throughout the continent and people from different regions have different Ancestral Beings, different tools, weapons, basketry and different art styles. Since the arrival of Macassan (Indonesian) on northern Australian shores after 1700 AD, and later European colonisation in 1788, Aboriginal culture has evolved and changed further.

This site looks at how Aboriginal culture was at the time of European arrival, beginning with the record of a man who was shipwrecked in 1846 and survived 17 years with Aborigines in northern Queensland. This account is combined with images from the same region taken from the 1890s. Click on “Regional Studies” to see how people lived at this time. These images are available in the book, 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals, which can be purchased here on line.

Later in 2007 early accounts and images from the Kimberley in Western Australia and from Central Australia will be added to this site.

Cover page of Making Fire by Stephen Blake and David M Welch

Australian Aborigines are renowned for their bush survival skills. One such skill is the ability to make fire simply from rubbing two sticks of wood together. This is an ancient skill which modern man has lost. The publication, Making Fire, has both ethnographic details on Aboriginal and other indigenous people’s fire making methods, and is a practical guide teaching how to really achieve this skill.

Please use material from the site for your study projects, and acknowledge your source as being from www.aboriginalculture.com.au and the year you have accessed the site.

Many of the black and white photos are courtesy of the N.T. Library.

Please re-visit the site as it further develops.

All material is © aboriginalculture.com.au