‘In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we are meeting today. We recognize indigenous people, their elders – past and present.’

Several landholders around Violet Town, NE Victoria, have found Aboriginal stone artefacts on their land; this is one such collection. These pieces had been buried and were unearthed over the past 10 years or so. Violet Town is situated on the floodplain of the Honeysuckle Creek at the northern margin of the Strathbogie Ranges. There is no outcropping rock anywhere near the site where these artefacts were found; they are clearly exotic. And none of the pieces resembles the local geology of the Strathbogies (Violet Town Volcanics rhyolite/rhyodacite from the Upper Devonian Age, ~373 myo), so they must have been brought to the site from elsewhere.

Terrain map of the Strathbogie Ranges. Greens= 150-200m asl, Browns= 200-400m asl, Blues= 400-600m asl, White-Purple= 600-1000m asl.

Several of the pieces resemble the Mudstone & Siltstone found in the Caniambo Hills, 7 km to the north. A few of these sedimentary rocks appear to be artefacts, but most don’t appear to have been worked and may have been brought to the site by either Aborigines or white men. However, one stone is clearly an artefact, possibly an unfinished stone axe, or cutting tool; it has napped edges on both faces. It’s geology resembles greenstone and could have come from some distance away.

There are numerous other sites in and around the Strathbogie Ranges where stone artefacts have been found. Other posts about stone artefacts can be found in the Cultural Heritage Category, at right.

Stone artefact finds in the Strathbogies