The Bunerong and the Wawoorung clans of the Kulin nation were the original inhabitants of the Rowville and Lysterfield district.

The white settlers referred to the Bunerong people as the Western Port tribe and the Wawoorung people as the Yarra Yarra tribe.

There are stories here of the first European encounters with the aborigines. Rev James Clow, in particular, established very good relations with the tribespeople and was a strong advocate on their behalf. You will read of their customs and beliefs as well as of their everyday lives as they moved in and out of the district in their endless search for food.