Australia's first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from some unknown point in Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. All of Australia's Aboriginals were semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, with each clan having its own territory from which they 'made their living'.
Land is fundamental to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of 'country' is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today."We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy"- Aborigine Tom Dystra

Dreamings are stories that pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations. Through song, dance, painting and storytelling which express the dreaming stories, Aborigines have maintained a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today, creating a rich cultural heritage.

"Our story is in the land ... it is written in those sacred places ... My children will look after those places, That's the law."- Bill Neidjie , Kakadu elder.

THE BUNYIP

Australian folklore, its traditions, customs and beliefs are based on both Indigenous and also non-Indigenous people's knowledge and experience of history in Australia. A bunyip is generally accepted to be a mythical creature, the term originating from the Australian indigenous people.

ceremonial performances are seen as the core of cultural life. Dance is a unique aspect of ceremonies which is learnt and passed down from one generation to another. Songs and dances were exchanged often at large ceremonial gatherings when many people gathered together and when trade goods were also exchanged. These gatherings often occurred at a time and place when there was plenty of food.
Australia aboriginal culture in Northern-eastern Australia the wikmungkan tribe carries out the naming ritual during the birth of the baby. The midwife picks the name by calling out all the relatives name one by one & when the moment the placenta is removed from the mother the name said out loud is chosen. After they do a ritual for the babies health by burning special leaves by the mother and grandmother with the child being held near the purifying smoke. Midwives do most of the delivery, the doctors come in at the end

ART

The quality and variety of Australian Indigenous art produced today reflects the richness and diversity of Indigenous culture and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects and geographic landscapes.

100 YEARS OF ANZAC

Education and community awareness for the Anzac Centenary, commemorating more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women

ANZAC DAY

Anzac Day on 25 April each year. The article looks at the origin of Anzac Day services, the spirit of Anzac and the Anzac legend. Links to relevant online resources are provided.

AUSTRALIA DAY

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. People come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian.

MELBOURNE CUP

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call. At 3.10pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for the Melbourne Cup.

  • 113,595 marriages registered in 2015
  • 48,517 divorces granted in 2015
  • 81.1% of brides had not been married before
  • 79.1% grooma had not been married before
  • the number of marriages had decreased by 7,602 since 2015
  • men 45 years old was the average age for divorce in 2015
  • the average age for women to get divorced was 42 in 2015
  • over the last 20 years the number of divirces has been increasing

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