Aboriginal people have lived in the Blue Mountains for many thousands of years. The region incorporates significant parts of the traditional lands of the Gundungarra and Darug tribal groups.
The Blue Mountains Library acknowledges the important histories of the traditional owners of the Blue Mountains region and the relevance of those histories to the Blue Mountains identity.
The Aboriginal Knowledge Collection
The Aboriginal Knowledge Collection has been developed to provide Aboriginal knowledge based material by, as well as about, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people. The Aboriginal Knowledge Collection ensures appropriate content and perspectives in materials and recognises the intellectual and cultural property of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as owners of their knowledge.
The library collection contains many titles on Indigenous Australians. Not all these titles are held in the Aboriginal Knowledge Collection. Please ask a librarian if you need help researching a topic.
Grinding Grooves, Kings Table
The Cave Hotel, Mount Tomah
For further information about Indigenous Australians in the Blue Mountains and further afield, explore the following websites and articles.
- Aboriginal Blue Mountains
A helpful resource for and about Aboriginal people, services, culture and heritage in the Blue Mountains region.
- Gundungarra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation
- "The first inhabitants" by Father Eugene Stockton. Mid Mountains Historical Society.
- "Archaeological evidence of Aboriginal Life in Sydney" by Val Attenbrow, 2012, published in the Dictionary of Sydney. Mentions the Blue Mountains.
- "Some Mythology of the Gundungurra Tribe, New South Wales" - R. H. Mathews.
First published in Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, vol. 40, 1908, pp. 203-06.
- Traditional Bush Medicine of the Darug People
Aboriginal Studies Major Work produced by Vanessa Tent from Cheltenham Girls High School - 2010
- Barani: Sydney Aboriginal History
- Indigenous Australians – State Library of NSW
Explore interpretations of Aboriginal culture, history, language and art through the State Library of NSW collections of manuscripts, artworks, photographs and printed books.
- NSW Atlas of Aboriginal Places
- Aboriginal Australia Map
- ABC Interactive Indigenous Language map
Aboriginal Carving, Blue Mountains
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The Kings Table Aboriginal Site now preserved. Axe grooves on rock.