Stonnington's Indigenous History

In 2006, Stonnington Council engaged Dr Ian Clark and Laura Kostanski from the University of Ballarat to research the Indigenous history of Stonnington. The initiative represented a key action of the Stonnington Reconciliation Action Plan 2005-2010.

The research resulted in a report which was subsequently summarised into the Stonnington's Indigenous History booklet and launched on 12 July 2007 during NAIDOC Week.

The summary report contains a brief history, and information about key people, indigenous clans, countries and languages and significant sites.

Download the summary report here: Indigenous History Summary(PDF, 2MB)

The full report is available for viewing at Council's libraries located in Prahran, Malvern, South Yarra and Phoenix Park.

Indigenous History Markers

Council has 11 Indigenous history markers to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and educate our community about our indigenous history.

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The markers are based on the findings of the research report, An Indigenous History of Stonnington (2006), and are located in Kooyong, Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor. The Yarra River plays a central role with four of the markers located along the Main Yarra Trail.

The markers provide historical information about local clans and their lifestyle, significant individuals, key locations and important events. They also feature images depicting the historic sites.

The Indigenous History Markers Guide provides a brief history and map showing the location of the markers throughout the City.

The markers were launched by the Mayor, Cr Claude Ullin, on Friday 21 August 2009 following a ‘Welcome to Country’ by Shane Charles representing the Boon Wurrung people.

Indigenous History Marker Guide(PDF, 703KB)