A celebration of the Macedon Ranges megafauna discoveries and indigenous culture in the region. Aboriginal people have lived in the Macedon Ranges area for at least 26,000 years. The Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrrung and Taungurung communities are still active.
The imprint of thousands of generations of Aboriginal people can be found in the form of scarred trees, rock scatters, shell middens, quarries, grinding stones, ceremonial grounds and ochre pits.
Lancefield has a rich and unique history being one of Australia’s significant sites for discovering the bones of giant megafauna who lived in the area up to 80,000 years ago. Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years!
This year we see the 4th Annual Extinct Lancefield Megafauna Festival celebrating the rich megafauna fossil deposit located at Lancefield Swamp. The ‘megafauna’ plantation in High Street will be the central activity area with a marquee from Museums Victoria, ‘Frankenroo’ the Macropus titan fossil, a mega sand jigsaw, mega mural handpainting, clay sculpture workshops and much more. You can visit the Lancefield Swamp where scientists will be conducting a sieving demonstration. There are talks about fungi, the natural environment and the work of palaeontologists. The aboriginal Mount William site for the manufacture of stone axes is also a unique and significant historical location. An information booth will be located in the plantation.
Such events in the central highlands are of great significance honouring those that cared for our land before white settlement.
Mount William, Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (Home of many axes), north of Lancefield is one of the most important cultural sites of the Wurundjeri people and was recently added to the National Heritage List in recognition of its national significance. Council formally transferred the land title, ownership and management of Wil-im-ee Moor-ring back to the Wurungeri people in 2012.
All Aboriginal cultural places and artefacts are protected by law in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Any artefact or sites found must be reported to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria or Council.