Gulf Country Water Places Anthropological Survey

The UQ Culture & Heritage Unit was engaged by an Aboriginal representative body to conduct an anthropological survey of ‘water places’ (creeks, soaks, springs, wells and watercourses) of spiritual or cultural significance to Aboriginal people in parts of the Gulf Country, Queensland. The project involved extensive fieldwork and Aboriginal community engagement, and resulted in the preparation of a report that identified the general cultural meaning and significance of water amongst Aboriginal groups in this area, and identified Dreaming places, former settlements and camp sites, places of birth and death, archaeological sites and more. The report will be a valuable tool in planning for the future management of the region within the context of expanding mining and development activities.