In 2008, we discovered fossilised bones while conducting a cultural heritage survey on Country, at a place called . Queensland Museum palaeontologists confirmed that the fossils belonged to extinct species of megafauna, that lived at 60,000-41,000 years ago. These fossils have been preserved and displayed here because they are a link to the past that can be shared with future generations. In the same way, we are excited to use new digital technology to scan and 3D print cultural artefacts from our Country so that they too can be celebrated and passed on.
For over 50,000 years we have been custodians of this land. Our connection to it is strong and deep. We are a part of it, and it is a part of us.
We are on country and acknowledge their land, ancestors and elders, past and present.
In my country, in the Birra Gubba language of my ancestors, we say . This means ‘welcome’.
Our Country gives us everything. Our dreaming, our language, our dances, all come from this land.
Our history and our culture are written in the earth and carved into its rock.
We invite you to learn more about this history and share in our story.
The story of these fossils is one of many found on this Country.
The fossils you see here have been preserved because they are precious;
because they are a link to the past that can be shared with future generations.
In the same way, Barada Barna people strive to preserve our history and culture,
so that it too can be celebrated and passed on.
-Barada Barna people