Land management

The Victorian landscape has been managed and exploited by humans for thousands of years.

Indigenous ideas of land ownership, along with ingenious technologies such as the eel farms of the Gunditjmara, were ignored after European settlement. In their place came cattle, sheep and wheat.

Eventually new technologies like combine harvesters and dairy factories would mark the fields of Victoria.

Herrnhut was Australia’s longest running commune due to its charismatic leader and remote location.
Improvements in farming technology have had a huge impact on our environment and our economy.
The Indigenous people of Victoria used sophisticated farming practices to mould and shape their environment.
Balancing the ownership, value and use of land in an emerging colony was a struggle in Victoria.
When the European settlers arrived in Victoria few believed they were taking land that was not rightfully theirs.