Ellen Jose - Boon wurrung blossom [detail] bluestone

Boon Wurrung people of the peninsula

For many thousands of years the Boon Wurrung walked this land and the area we now call Port Phillip Bay, which was a large flat plain where they hunted kangaroos and cultivated the yam daisy.

Their land ran along the coast from the Werribee River east to Wilson’s Promontory and inland as far as Dandenong. 

The Boon wurrung were an extended language-based family group, consisting of six clans: Yallukit Willam, Ngaruk Willam, Mayune Baluk, Boon Wurrung Balug, Yownegerra and the Yallock Balluk.

They were part of the larger confederation or nation of the Kulin (the people).

The Boon Wurrung had a very strong and detailed oral history that recalled events estimated to be ten thousand years old.

Members of Aboriginal clans rarely numbered more than thirty during their day-to-day activities, forming large groups only for particular social functions or to exploit abundant seasonal food resources.

The descendants of the Boon Wurrung continue to live in the greater Melbourne area and take an active role in maintaining and protecting their cultural heritage.

Sculpture: Boon Wurrung blossom bluestone, Ellen Jose.

Photograph: Bindi Cole, Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection.


Page last updated: 10 Dec 2010