The Wiradjuri people have lived in the Murrumbidgee area for tens of thousands of years.
Among the first Europeans to reach the Murrumbidgee area was explorer John Oxley in 1817, who commented that the flat open landscape was “uninhabitable and useless to civilised men”.
While this was the view of European first settlers, the Murrumbidgee area was home to thousands of Wiradjuri living on and with the land. The Wiradjuri people are the largest of the Aboriginal groups in the Murrumbidgee region.
The Murrumbidgee’s large water resource and fertile environment provided a plentiful supply of yabbies and Murray cod from the ‘three rivers’ of the Wambool (Macquarie), Kalare (Lachlan), and Murrumbidjeri (Murrumbidgee) rivers, plants and nuts from the nearby forests, and other game, such as kangaroos and emus.
Today, there are still large populations of Wiradjuri descendants living across the region. The Wiradjuri language has been recorded and is now being taught, and the wonderful, colourful culture and historic connection of the Wiradjuri to land is an important and respected part of the region’s history.