Aboriginal heritage

For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the Guringai people lived in the area from Newcastle down to Sydney, mostly along the foreshores of the harbour.

The Guringai people fished and hunted in the waters and harvested food from the surrounding bushland. They had no need to travel long distances as the land’s resources were abundant and they were able to trade with other tribal groups.

The Guringai people spent much of their time developing a rich and complex culture, including distinctive language, customs, spirituality and law, the heart of which was their connection to the land.

Aboriginal heritage sites 

In metropolitan Sydney there are close to 5,000 Aboriginal sites, including rock art, shell middens, axe grinding grooves, ceremonial grounds, burial sites, stone quarries, fish traps and water holes. Many sites in Ku-ring-gai are still in good condition.

All Aboriginal heritage sites are protected under state and federal law.

Aboriginal Heritage Office

Council is a member of the Aboriginal Heritage Office (AHO), which preserves and protects over 1,000 Aboriginal heritage sites across the North Shore.

The AHO also studies Aboriginal life before colonisation and runs a series of educational walks and talks for school groups and the general public.

The Aboriginal Heritage Office Annual Report and Five Year Review

Aboriginal Heritage Office Report on Activities Annual Report 2015-2016

Aboriginal Heritage office Education Program Annual Report 2015-2016 (pdf. 4MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2015 Annual Report (pdf. 6MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - letter from David Watts (pdf. 90KB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 1 (pdf. 2MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 2 (pdf. 3MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 3 (pdf. 6MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 4 (pdf. 2MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 5 (pdf. 6MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Chapter 6 (pdf. 2MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Education Report (pdf. 3MB)

Aboriginal Heritage Office 2014 Five Year Review - Volunteer Report (pdf. 3MB)

Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan Evaluation May 2012

A collaborative approach to planning bringing together eleven local government organisations in Northern Sydney Region including Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Manly, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Hornsby.

NSASP Evaluation Report May 2012 (pdf. 947KB)