Mt. William Greenstone
Mt. William Greenstone

Indigenous history in the Strathbogies is very poorly understood. Many locals have found ‘stone tools’ and other artifacts on their properties and scar-trees occur down on the plains.

Recently, an unusual looking stone (left) was found in a Boho South wetland (spring-soak, or bog); a stone whose colour and texture were completely different to the local rocks and stones. And the surface of the stone had multiple chipped faces, as well as a very smooth, rounded edge. After a bit of inquiring, it seems this is no ordinary stone, rather its a very hard metamorphic stone known as Mt William Greenstone – a very characteristic type of rock that can only have come from one place, Mt William, near Lancefield. The Mt William quarry is known to have been used by the Wurundjeri for about 1,500 years to make stone hatchets.

Locations map
Locations of Mt William near Lancefield and Boho South.
Typical spring-soak wetland in the Strathbogie Ranges.

So useful was this material, that rocks from Mt William were traded all over south-eastern Australia and presumably that’s how this piece found its way up into the Strathbogie hills, over 100 km from where it was originally mined.

[Note: you know what they say about a little bit of knowledge, well that’s what I had. See comment below.]

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