Wiradjuri People

The following points on Wiradjuri Heritage have been extracted from “The new country: A Thematic history of The Bathurst Regional Council Local Government Area”, 2006 and “The Wiradjuri in and around Bathurst”, at, 2007.

Wiradjuri Country

The Wiradjuri people were known as the people of the three rivers: the Wambool (now known as the Macquarie River), the Kalari (the Lachlan River, from which the electorate takes its name) and the Murrumbidjeri (the Murrumbidgee River).

Wiradjuri country is the largest in NSW, stretching from the eastern boundary of the Great Dividing Range. Drawing a line from the present towns of Hay and Nyngan approximates the western boundary. While Gunnedah and Albury mark the northern and southern boundaries of Wiradjuri country.

Initially, European intrusion into Wiradjuri country was restricted on the orders of Governor Macquarie.  From the early 1820s with the removal of these restrictions, the Wiradjuri in the BRC area began to suffer major dislocation with the arrival of pastoral settlers and their herds in greater numbers, culminating in open conflict in 1823 and 1824.  Windradyne, a Wiradjuri leader in this resistance, is one of the few Aborigines of the settlement period of whom we have any certain knowledge as an individual.  His grave is located on 'Brucedale' property.

Wiradjuri population numbers declined in the 19th century, mainly because of European diseases and disruption to hunting and food gathering generally.  This effect spread westward and southward as more land was taken by pastoralists as they moved beyond the original limits established by Governor Macquarie. 

From the 1890s, many surviving Wiradjuri were placed on reserves and missions outside the Bathurst area, particularly those located at Wellington and Cowra.  No reserves or missions were identified within the BRC area in the research for this study.  However, no matter where they might live, nearly all local Aborigines in time came under the increasing control of government regulations and bureaucracy. 

The interaction of the area's Aboriginal inhabitants with European civilisation was in most ways typical of such interaction in south eastern Australia.  Consequently, the BRC area's history of this theme needs to be seen as part of the wider history of Aboriginal interaction in the Central West.  In that wider context it is equally a story of Wiradjuri survival and regeneration.  (See Read and Kabaila.)

Aboriginal and European interaction is also a remarkable story of the Wiradjuri willingly sharing with the newcomers their ancient knowledge of the region, knowledge about the land, the plants and even the gold bearing rocks.  This knowledge contributed directly to the successful settlement of the district.

For more detailed information visit Wiradjuri Country, Culture and Heritage(PDF, 4MB).


Local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community

The Census Data in 2016 reflects that there are 2023 Aboriginal people residing in the Bathurst Region, which represents 6.0% of the total population. In New South Wales approximately 2.9% of the population is indigenous.   These figures should be considered with caution as many Aboriginal people do not complete the Census.

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Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Directory

Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG)

The AECG provides advice on all matters relevant to education and training with the mandate that this advice represents the Aboriginal community viewpoint.

Leanne Bovington (Secretary)

Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS)

AMIHS improves the health of Aboriginal women during pregnancy and aims to decrease perinatal morbidity and mortality for Aboriginal babies.

Bathurst Health Service
363 Howick Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6330 5635

Bathurst Aboriginal Interagency Group

Bathurst Aboriginal Interagency Group is a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees who deliver services to the Bathurst community.

Julie Bennett (Chair)

Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC)

The Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council supports Aboriginal people in the Bathurst community.

Toni-Lee Scott (CEO)
Bathurst LALC
149 Russell Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6332 6835


Bathurst Regional Council Aboriginal Community Development Officer

The Aboriginal Community Development Officer is a Community Development role, providing a key linkage between BRC and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Hailee Taylor
Civic Centre
158 Russell Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6338 2821



Bathurst Young Mob (BYM)

Bathurst Young Mob support children and adolescents with leadership and sporting opportunities.

Shona Kennedy/Veritas House


Building Strong Foundations (BSF)

BSF provide a free, culturally safe and appropriate early childhood health service for Aboriginal children from birth to school entry age and their families.

Bathurst Health Service
363 Howick Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6330 5677


Dirraybang Footprint

Dirraybang Footprint offers various Aboriginal cultural activities, through dance, educational workshops and on-country experiences.

Jordan Boney


Marathon Health Indigenous Chronic Disease Clinic

The clinic includes diabetes education, nutrition, endocrinology, exercise physiology, podiatry and respiratory physician.
Marathon Health
102 Keppel Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6333 2800



Marrabinya (Indigenous Health Support Service)

Aboriginal people with a diagnosed chronic disease can be referred to Marrabinya by their GP for assistance with specialist appointments, transport, accommodation and medical aids.

P: 1800 940 757


NSW Police Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO)

The ACLO provides advice and support to Police in the management of Aboriginal issues across the Local Area Command.

Percy Raveneau
Bathurst Police Station
139 Rankin Street, Bathurst
P: (02) 6332 8699


Three Rivers Regional Assembly (TRAA)

TRAA is a regional Aboriginal governance body that represents the interest of Aboriginal peoples across the Three Rivers Regional Assembly footprint.

Shirley Scott (Bathurst Delegate)
P: 0411 403 091


Towri Multicultural Aboriginal Children’s Service (Towri MACS)

Towri MACS is a not-for-profit Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Service.

Towri MACS
42 Lloyds Road, Bathurst
P: (02) 6332 1467


Wiradjuri Cultural Care Corporation

Wiradjuri Cultural Care Corporation has an interest in cultural heritage issues and community advocacy.

Wiradjuri Cultural Care Corporation
2 Oxley Avenue,


Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation

The Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation are Bathurst's Traditional Owners.

Bathurst Traditional Owners


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