The Wamba Wamba / Wemba Wemba people were the first traditional Aboriginal owners of the local land and continue to be acknowledged as an important part of the area's history.
Learn about the cultural significance to the landscape of the local Aboriginal community on the Moulamein River Walk
This area is where the Aboriginal people hunted, fished, cooked, camped and held ceremonial gatherings as a community.
Some points of cultural significance include:
The Big Tree
This River Red Gum is one of the largest in the Riverina measuring 11.6 metres in circumference.
This tree is a Meeting Place and is considered culturally significant with Traditional Aboriginal owners. The age of the tree is estimated to be between 500yrs and 1000yrs.
This River Red Gum is of significance to Aboriginal Tribes as they were used to indicate tribal boundaries. Young branches of the tree were tied together so that the branches grow to form a ring.
The Scarred Trees
Wamba Wamba / Wemba Wemba people caused scars on trees by removing bark for various purposes. These scars expose the sapwood on the truck or branch of a tree.
The bark was used for Canoe’s, shields and containers. A container was designed primarily for women to use to carry utensils, babies and food such as fruit, berries, nuts, seeds and shellfish and, depending on its shape, water.
There are many scars Trees in this area, which can be seen on Red Gum and Box Trees.
The Shell Midden
A Midden is a place where the Wamba Wamba/Wemba Wemba people cooked and ate freshwater shellfish and other foods found in the area. They generally contain fresh water mussel shells with charcoal, stone, bone and shell tools, animal bone and burnt clay.
There are 2 recorded Middens in this area. These are very historic areas and need to be protected.
The Indigenous Plants
The Aboriginal People used many plants in this area for food, medicines and to weave baskets etc. Native plants such as native mint and Flax Lilly were predominately used.