Aboriginal Languages of Victoria
Hover over each language above and click for more information.
The above map has been produced with the knowledge of both the Indigenous Community & Academic Research.
VACL Map (colour) ** Right Click and "Save as" **
Requests for permission to use the VACL Language Map should download the form below and forward it to the VACL Office for consideration by the VACL Board.
Download VACL Map Request Form.pdf
Various other maps have been produced since colonisation. Below are some well known maps of Aboriginal Tribal/Language Groups.
Norman Tindale's map of Aboriginal group boundaries at the time of European contact, published in 1974. Tindale worked on this map for fifty years. When he began that project during the 1920s the popular view was that Aboriginal groups roamed across the landscape, with no fixed territories. This map is therefore a crucial document in Australian cultural history; graphic evidence that no part of Australia was terra nullius, empty land.
AIATSIS - David Horton - 1996
The Aboriginal Australia wall map represents work carried out for the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia. Using the published resources available between 1988 and 1994, the map attempts to represent language, tribal or nation groups of Australia's Indigenous peoples.
Disclaimer: This map indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people, which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. The boundaries are not intended to be exact. This map is not suitable for use in native title or other land claims.
NSW Aboriginal Languages Map
This map was recently released by the NSW Aboriginal Languages Centre. http://www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au/
** NOTE - The map is still only a "Draft Print" still waiting for feedback from the Aboriginal Communities in NSW and it will be updated regularly.
NSW Language Map
VACL commissioned Dr Ian Clark to prepare a report on the Aboriginal Language Areas of Victoria. To see a copy of this report, click the link below.
Languages of Victoria - Report 2005