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People

Nobody knows for certain when people first arrived in Australia. According to Aboriginal tradition, they were always here. Scientists accept people arrived more than 50,000 years ago by making a sea crossing, since water has always separated Australia from Asia.

Life at Lake Mungo

Indigenous Australians belong to the oldest continuous culture on earth. Ancient artefacts from Lake Mungo help show us what people ate and how they lived thousands of years ago. Today, the Paakantji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyimpaa people of the Lake Mungo region continue their close connections to the land.

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  • Colour illustration showing a group of Aboriginal people beside a lake. A man in the foreground sits at a grinding stone. Women prepare fish and other food and another man returns from hunting with a kangaroo-like carcass across his shoulder. Two children carry fish on a pole and in the distance, a group of people stand ankle-deep in the lake, fishing.
    Lake Mungo People
  • Colour photograph showing sun-bleached shells in the foreground, with sandy dunes stretching to a clear, blue sky.
    Ancient feast
  • Colour photograph showing a crayfish with two large claws, in shallow water.
    Freshwater animals
  • A drawing from 1817 showing Aboriginal people fishing and diving on the New South Wales coast.
    Fishing and diving
  • Human footprints leading to silhouetted hills in the distance.
    Language and culture
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