Ian Hunter, Elder Wurundjeri

Ian Hunter, Elder Wurundjeri

Ian Hunter, Elder Wurundjeri

   

 

 

Ian (Warrend-Badj) Hunter is an Elder of the Indigenous Wurundjeri people of Melbourne and outer lying areas.  He is the leader of the Yarra Yarra Dancers and performers. The Wurundjeri lived as all people of the Kulin nations lived, on the land as hunter gatherers for tens of thousands of years. Their campsites changed from season to season determined by the availability of food and the weather. Their main campsites were located the Birrarung and its tributaries. The Wurundjeri territory extended from north of the Great Dividing Range, east to Mount Baw Baw, down south to Mordialloc Creek and west to the Werribee River. Their land bordered the Gunai peoples to the east in Gippsland, the Bunurong people to the south on the Mornington Peninsula and the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurong people to the north. 

Ian’s great, great, great Grand Father was one of the Wurundjeri Elders that signed the document with John Batman for the purchase of the land around Port Phillip Bay near the present site of Melbourne. The document became known as Batman’s Treaty. Ian’s Grand Mother was born before William Barak died in 1903, Ian’s Grand Mother told Ian stories that William told her, of his memories of the first white men he saw and when his father with the other Elders signed the document with John Batman in 1835, he was 15 years old at the time.

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