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Getting Started

This guide provides an introduction to Australian Indigenous knowledge systems and resources.

Indigenous Australian flags

Bond University acknowledges the Kombumerri people, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the University now stands.

We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.


If you are not Indigenous, do you know what country you live and work on? Understanding your local context is important for engaging with Indigenous knowledge.

The Gold Coast, where Bond University is situated, is on the land of the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.

Painting of local landmark

 “The painting here is Burleigh Mountain which we call Jellurgal.  The story of it is about Jabreen, which is a giant and the mountain actually is his back and the rocks out the top are his fingers.

 I’ve placed people on the bottom left because the mountain is very cultural.  There is a shell mound which is 4000 years old and then the sharpening rock on the top right and all the basalt rocks at the base.

It is Tallebudgera Creek and the beauty of the waterways and the changing sandbanks. I did it as a night painting with the Milky Way through it. -- Narelle Urquhart” 




Painting: Urquhart, N.(Wiradjuri) (2018). Jellurgal, (Yugambeh) Queensland, viewed 20 July 2018.


Australian Aboriginal flag


Black top half, red bottom half with yellow circleThe Australian Aboriginal Flag was first raised on 9 July 1971 at Victoria Square in Adelaide. It was also used at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972



Torres Strait Islander flag

Torres Strait Islander flagThe Torres Strait Islander Flag was adopted in May 1992 during the Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge