Aboriginal Use of Native Plants


General Food Plants Medicinal Plants Weaving, Hunting and Collecting

Where to obtain plants and seeds

Growing Native Plants

Bibliography

Other sources of food
Caution: Many native plants used by the Aborigines contain toxins for which the Aborigines had developed preparation techniques to neutralise their effects.

Edible Plants - an article published in Australian Plants Online covering some Australian native plants and the toxins they contain, from Associations of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL35/sep04-2.html


General

Eco schools grants - provides grants of $1500 to 80 schools each year, from Environmental Trust, NSW Environmental Protection Authority
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/envtrust/ecoschools.htm

Ngadjonji Technology: Shelter, Weapons, Tools - from The Koori Centre, University of Sydney
http://www.koori.usyd.edu.au/ngadjonji/Food/tech.html

Aboriginal walk - at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/sydney_gardens_domain/visitor_information/walks_and_tours/aboriginal_walk

Aboriginal Trail - at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/anbg/aboriginal-trail.html

Aboriginal Plant Use in South-Eastern Australia - at Australian National Botanic Garden, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/aborig.s.e.aust/index.html

Aboriginal Uses of Plants Around Sydney -from Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants - includes useful species lists for fruit, greens etc
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL10/jun98-6.html

Bush Food and Bush Medicine - from Roebourne School, WA
http://www.roebourne.wa.edu.au/culture/bush.htm

Tasmanian native plants - from Backyard Organic Gardening
http://home.vtown.com.au/dbellamy/native/native1.html

Australian Native Plants of Herring Island Park - an example of a self guided tour
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~herring/flora.htm

Flora Reference - from Sussex Inlet Public School
http://www.sussexinle-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/flora/flora.htm

Fixing Country and Creating a Future - transcript on Earthbeat interview from ABC's Radio National
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s690130.htm

Bush Foods - a Handbook for Farmers and Investors from Australian Rural Research and Development Corporation
http://www.rirdc.gov.au/pub/handbook/bushfoods.pdf

Bush Tucker Excursions - Gardens and Walks

Royal Botanical Gardens Aboriginal Walk - from Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au/sydney_gardens_domain/visitor_information/walks_and_tours/aboriginal_walk

Cadi Jam Ora - ABC Radio National Earthbeat Interview Transcript about the Aboriginal Walk
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s801240.htm

Aboriginal Trail - Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/anbg/aboriginal-trail.html

High'n'Wild Bushwalking - private company will organise tours in the Blue Mountains, NSW
http://www.high-n-wild.com.au/bushwalking.html

Plants for Medicine - A Self Guided Walk at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_annan_botanic_garden/visitor_information/walks_&_tours/plants_for_medicine


Food Plants
Bush Tucker Plants - from Alexander Hills State High School, Queensland
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/garden.html

Back to the Future: Where Now for Bush Foods? - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL18/jun00-1.html

Aboriginal Bush Food - from Royal Botanic Gardens
http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au/information_about_plants/botanical_info/aboriginal_bush_foods

Bush Tucker Plants - from Aussie SchoolHouse - Teachers on the Web
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/

Cadi Jam Ora - ABC Earthbeat Interview Transcript about the Aboriginal Walk
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s801240.htm

BUSH TUCKER - from Society from growing Australian Plants, Queensland Region
http://www.sgapqld.org.au/bushtucker.html

Bush Foods in the Garden - a Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s839492.htm

Alphabetic List of Scientific Names for some Plants used by the Ngadjonji - from the Koori Centre, University of Sydney
http://www.koori.usyd.edu.au/ngadjonji/Food/scinames.html

Australian Aborigines - Living off the Fat of the Land - from Weston A Price Foundation
http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional_diets/australian_aborigines.html

The Grass Tree: Its Uses and Abuses - from Society for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL33/mar04-5.html

Australian Bushfoods Magazine - including archive and fact sheets
http://www.hotkey.net.au/%7Ebushfood/index.htm

Glossary of Products - from Commercial Company, Mahogany Creek
http://www.mcd.com.au/html/glossary.html

Edible Acacias - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL25/mar02-3.html

Bush Tomato Production - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Bush%20Tomato%20Factsheet.pdf

Wattleseed Production - a Fact Sheeet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Wattleseed%20Factsheet.pdf

Quandong Production - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Quandong%20Factsheet.pdf

Australian Plants online September 1997 - contains article on Quandongs, from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL7/ac97-3.html

Australian Native Citrus - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Native%20Citrus%20Factsheet.pdf

Muntries Production - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Muntries%20Factsheet.pdf

Mountain Pepper Production - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Mountain%20Pepper%20Factsheet.pdf

Miscellaneous Native Food Crops: Herbs and Vegetables with Potential in SA - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Misc%20Native%20Herb%20&%20Veg%20Factsheet.pdf

Miscellaneous Native Food Crops: Davidson and Illawarra Plums - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Misc%20Native%20Plum%20Factsheet.pdf

Miscellaneous Native Food Crops: East Coast Tree Species with Potential in SA - a Fact Sheet from Australian Native Produce Industries
http://www.anpi.com.au/download/Misc%20Native%20Tree%20Factsheet.pdf

Bush Foods - from Sydney Wildlife Nursery, Heathcote
http://www.sydwildflowers.com.au/specialised/textfiles/Bush%20Food/bushfoods.htm


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Medicinal Plants

Plants for Medicine: Self-guided walk through the Terrace Garden - at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, near Campbelltown
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_annan_botanic_garden/visitor_information/walks_&_tours/plants_for_medicine

Fishing | Hunting & Food Gathering | Plant Medicine - from an exhibiton at South Australian Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/ngurunderi/ng3htm.htm


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Weaving, Hunting and Collecting

Xanthorrea - a Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1145455.htm

The Grass Tree: Its Uses and Abuses - from Society for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL33/mar04-5.html

REEDS AND GRASS -TREES - from an exhibition at South Australian Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/ngurunderi/ng5htm.htm

Ancient Resin - transcript from ABC's Quantum program
http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/s188496.htm

Foambark - Jagera pseudorhus - from Lamington National Park
http://lamington.nrsm.uq.edu.au/Documents/Plant/foambark.htm


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Where to obtain seeds and plants

Mother Natures Bush Tucker - consultant group that specialises in bush tucker
http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/custom/bushfood/seminars.htm

Suppliers of Seed of Australian Plants - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/seedsupp.html

Native Nursery, Mildura
http://www.nativenursery.com.au/shop/

Native Plant Nurseries
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/nursery.html

Common Native Grasses & Grass like Plants
http://www.ozbreed.com.au/Com_Nat_Grass.htm

Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Heathcote
http://www.sydwildflowers.com.au/

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Growing Native Plants

Plant Propagation - from the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/propagat.html

Bush Foods in the Garden - Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s839492.htm

Native Garden Design - fact sheet from Gardening Australia, printable version
http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/printfriendly.pl?/gardening/stories/s4215.htm

Grass Trees - Xanthorrhea - from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/printfriendly.pl?/gardening/stories/s1145455.htm

Australian Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://farrer.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/



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Bibliography

Australian Bushfoods - bibliography from Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
http://www.rirdc.gov.au/programs/nativefoods2.html

Traditional uses of Australian native plants - bibliography from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/bibliography/bushfood.html

Bruneteau, J-P. (1996) Tukka: Real Australian Food. Australia: New Holland.

Cribb, A.B. and Cribb, J.W. (1984) Wild Food in Australia 2nd Edition. Australia: Collins.

Goddard, C. and Kalotas, A. (1995) Punu: Yankunytjatjara Plant Use: Traditional Methods of preparing foods, medicines, utentils and weapons from native plants. Alice Springs: Institute for Aboriginal Development Press.

Isaacs, J. (1996) A Comparison Guide to Bush Food. Sydney: Lansdowne Press.

Isaacs, J. (1999) Bush Food: Aboriginal Food and Herbal Medicine. Sydney: Lansdowne Press.

Low, T. (1988) Wild Food Plant of Australia: A Field Guide. NSW: Angus & Robertson.

Miller, J.B., James, K.W. and Maggiore, P.M.A. (1993) Tables of Composition of Australian Aboriginal Foods. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Smith, K. and Smith, I. (1999) Grow your own Bushfoods. Australia: New Holland Publishers.


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Other sources of food

Use of insects by Australian Aborigines - Reproduced courtesy Dr. Ron Cherry, University of Florida, First published 1991 in American Entomologist (32: 8-13)
http://www.didgeridoos.net.au/1.0%20au%20html%20folder/use%20of%20insects_Aboriginis.html
also
http://www.insects.org/ced1/aust_abor.html

Bogong Moth - fact sheet from Australian Museum
http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/bogong_moths.htm



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