An ancient story

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have maintained connections to their traditional lands and territories for thousands of years.

This connection to Country is a crucial element of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures which dates back at least 60,000 years and continues to have an important place in Australian society today.

Although Australia is considered a single continent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have developed into many different nations, with distinct languages, cultures and belief systems.

The history of UNSW Sydney is linked to a long and rich history of Aboriginal occupation. Aboriginal peoples survived many generations in the sand dunes that lie under the Kensington campus by adapting to the changing environment and creating new technologies, which is evident from archaeological excavations. 

It is imperative that our students and staff are made aware of the fascinating history and story of the UNSW campuses and direct linkages to current Aboriginal communities. 


Smoking ceremony at Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab

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