Scotlands History\|Scots and Australia

Scots and Australia

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Forty thousand years ago, while Scotland lay beneath miles of ice, the first people set foot on Australia’s red earth.

Tens of thousands of years later Scots sailed to the far side of the world in search of the great unknown southern land.

Scots played many key parts in the story of Australia. Scots were convicts, soldiers and governors; orphans, free settlers and gold hunters; bushrangers, merchants and immigrants.

This new resource aims to tell the story of the Scots in Australia. It is the story of the First Australians and of the Scots and Europeans who made Australia their home.

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Welcome to Country - Allen Madden, Gadigal elder of the Eora nation, Educational and Cultural Officer of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Welcoming people to country is a traditional practice of special significance.

When an Indigenous person visits places in their country they may talk to the spirit ancestors of that place to identify who they are, and who is accompanying them. In some areas welcoming visitors may take other forms – it could be a formal or informal welcome address or another type of ceremony.

PDF file: Welcome to country - Respecting Indigenous culture for travellers in Australia

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This Scots and Australia online resource was developed with the support of the Historic Houses Trust, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Councilthe Rocks Discovery Museumthe State Library of New South Walesthe State Library of Victoriathe National Library of Scotland and the Heritage Education Forum. 

This online learning resource contains the history and images of indigenous men and women. In some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, seeing the names and photographs of people who have died may cause sadness and distress.

People who may be offended are warned that text and images on this site may contain such material.