The Traditional Owners of the land covered by the Muswellbrook Shire are the Wanaruah and the Kamilaroi peoples.
Aboriginal peoples living in Muswellbrook Shire comprise 5.2% of the total population according to the most recent ABS census data. Muswellbrook Shire Council provides a range of resources that support Reconciliation in the community.
The Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee was established in 1997.
“Wannin Thanbarran” – A History of Aboriginal/European Contact in Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter Valley, published by Muswellbrook Shire Council, is a collection of stories of the local history. It is available to borrow from the Muswellbrook and Denman branch of the Upper Hunter Regional Library. This book can be purchased from Muswellbrook Shire Council Administration Centre, or Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre during business hours. Phone 02 6549 3700 for details.
Muswellbrook Reconciliation Mural
The Muswellbrook Reconciliation Mural, located in Simpson Park, depicts the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history of the Upper Hunter.
A salvaged scarred tree is located at Simpson Park Muswellbrook, in honour of the Aboriginal heritage in the Upper Hunter.
Working with ATSI
Muswellbrook Shire Council Community Services Team and representatives from the local Indigenous community have developed an interactive website containing detailed information on Aboriginal history and culture, demographics, discussion on current issues and practice implications for people who work in the Human Services sector.