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 Australia’s Indigenous were not so nomadic, perhaps?

07.07.19.  Here’s another bite into the taxpayers’ bum as “Budj Bim” in Victoria, where else, makes it to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most accurate sentence in this story is this:
“We’ve worked hard as a shire to … encourage the storytelling around what happened here on country 6,000 years ago.”
Well, regard the image above of rocks strewn around as if carried away by flood waters as proof that the, “Gunditjmara people, who used stones to build an elaborate series of channels and pools to harvest eels from Lake Condah.”
MM’s Paleantologist Rodderick Fozdick while thumbing through an old issue of “The Bush Plonkmaker” magazine found this account about the stones in Glenelg Shire. The site once had running water, clean water perfect for making raw alcohol.Over two years rocks were collected to build a still that would be strong enough to keep thieves out when the still was unattended. One of the intruders found a hole between the rocks but it was dark inside and nothing could be seen. He lit a small piece of wood with a Bic lighter and poked it through the hole. It struck something which turned out to be the back of the still which resulted in an almighty explosion heard miles away that scattered the stone edifice over a two hundred yard area. The still was never rebuilt. That was in 1896 when the culprit Wally Gumboot was hung for making sly grog. However, note the different building codes between the Victorian tribe who might have used stones 6,000 years ago and this trendy ocean front condo built sometime in 2019 near Bundaberg QLD where driftwood was more plentiful and the stones too small. That’s a fair-dinkum photo by Editor Chaucer taken four days ago!
Source: ABC

Ancient Indigenous aquaculture site Budj Bim added to UNESCO World Heritage list

A south-west Victorian Indigenous site that is older than the pyramids has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After more than a decade of hard work and lobbying, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape near Portland was accepted onto the list at a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on the weekend.
The site was created about 6,600 years ago by the Gunditjmara people, who used stones to build an elaborate series of channels and pools to harvest eels from Lake Condah.
There is also evidence at the site of stone dwellings, and trees that may have been used to smoke or preserve the eels that were caught.
Not only does Budj Bim bust the myth that all Indigenous people were nomadic and not agriculturally inclined, it is also considered one of the oldest aquaculture sites in the world.
Denis Rose, project manager for Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, said it had been a long journey to UNESCO recognition, but a valuable one.
“We first talked about this in 2002,” Mr Rose said.
“I sometimes wondered over the years if we’d make it or not.
“It’s a very exhaustive process.
“We based it on a lot of evidence, and now that it’s been decided, I’m extremely happy.”
He said the listing had three main benefits — recognition of Gunditjmara achievements on a global scale, increased protection for the site, and the potential tourism boost.
“There are a number of reports that say that once a place is declared as a world heritage site, tourism increases dramatically,” Mr Rose said.
The State Government has announced $8 million for a visitor centre and major works at the site to ready it for an expected visitor influx.
Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank said the whole region would benefit from the UNESCO announcement.
“It means people get the opportunity to come out here and see what we get to see every day of the week,” Cr Rank said.
“The tourism thing is really important but there are also other important cultural and historical elements to this announcement.
“We’ve worked hard as a shire to … encourage the storytelling around what happened here on country 6,000 years ago.”
Elevation to the World Heritage List means the site is recognised as having “outstanding universal value”.
Australia has 19 locations on the list, ranging from natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and fossil mammal sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte, to cultural landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
Mr Rose said he was delighted to think something the Indigenous people of south-west Victoria built now appeared on the same list as the pyramids, Stonehenge and the Acropolis.
“I think what it really does is it’s … an important acknowledgement of the work that our Gunditjmara ancestors have done,” he said.
“When I take people out to country I tell them this aquaculture system was first built 6,600 years ago — there’s not many things on the planet that still exist today that are older than that.”

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • luk1955 07/07/2019, 7:54 am

    The pictures show the type of housing that is built by low IQ people. Who after 60000 years have never used wheels.

  • bushwanker 07/07/2019, 8:31 am

    It’s an absolute insult to the Egyptians that their engineering marvels, the pyramids are ranked with a pile of rocks & some ditches.

    • Gregoryno6 07/07/2019, 9:22 am

      The locals and the Egyptians both had rocks.
      The difference is that the locals had only one idea on what to do with them.
      They solved the immediate problem but never went beyond that.

  • Lorraine 07/07/2019, 9:19 am

    $8 million for a visitors centre, wonder how many years before they lock it up. The aborigines are going to stop rock climbing around Victoria .

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 07/07/2019, 10:13 am

    Love that extra architectural touch on the beachside wurley, the door. This stuff about stone buildings and dams etc. surfaces over the years from time to time so one has to give them full marks for trying. Two observations, the first is that an eel will slither over and around something as in wet grass or a pile of wet rocks, so presumably a pile of rocks wouldn’t stop one, and secondly the northern coastline of the country has dozens and dozens of tidal rock fish traps. The north of the country was also visited by Indons and Malays after trochus shell (still is when no one is looking) beche de mer (trepang) and their smoking ovens are still visible along with huge middens of shell. Those visitors either built the rock fish traps or showed the locals how to do it, take your pick. Years spent flying the coastline at low level and ocean out to the 200 nm limit really educated me and no abo would paddle out to Raine Island for example to get tucker when the same stuff was available on the mainland or close inshore. Tourists they weren’t, realists who were half starved most of the time, yes. Stone aged people and still are, they can’t help that, but at least they shouldn’t try and bullshit us.

    • Cliff 07/07/2019, 7:47 pm

      They (the indiginies) aren’t the ones trying to bullshit us. It’s the virtue signalling whities who are trying to bullshit us – and doing so with great success with the pollies who live within the Canberra ‘shell’ and fall for crap like this.

  • ozisceptic 07/07/2019, 11:20 am

    The apologists are grasping at anything and everything.
    I remember a TV program about tidal fish traps up north and how clever the natives were to figure it all out. Truth is that these traps were introduced by early settlers.

  • Albert 07/07/2019, 11:31 am

    Fozdick? Fizzdick is more like it.

  • Penguinite 07/07/2019, 1:06 pm

    I’m getting really ticked-off at the nit-picking by international NGO’s. UN-elected busy bodies looking for a cause.

  • TommyGun 07/07/2019, 3:48 pm

    So these “elaborate” (don’t look too elaborate to me) “traps” were built 6,000 years ago. When were they last used? Why did they stop using them? All Whitey’s fault, I suppose.
    They look like rocks scattered about the ground…about as far as one can get from an “engineering marvel”.
    I know the AFL has credited them with inventing football. I suppose next the fax machine and the polio vaccine will be revealed as “Aboriginal inventions?”

    • Cliff 07/07/2019, 7:49 pm

      If it was 6000 years ago, my guess is that the current lot came in later and ate the people who built these traps – if anyone did build them at all.

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