Gary Presland

First People: The Eastern Kulin Nation of Melbourne, Port Phillip & Central Victoria


The Kulin nation lived around Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River valley, their territory stretching as far north as Echuca.

In this book, Gary Presland looks at the Eastern Kulin peoples from before European invasion in the mid-1830s, and their world thererafter, which was changed forever.

The Kulin, however, were able to survive and maintain something of their culture through a preparedness to alter their time-honoured practice. Although the culturally and spiritually rich traditional ways were gone, Kulin people maintained their connection to land and ultimately found a way to move forward within mainstream European society.

Gary Presland is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, an Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Associate of Museums Victoria. This publication has been cited as an extraordinary journey into the origins of Melbourne.

  • Author: Gary Presland
  • ISBN: 9780980619072 
  • Publisher: Museums Victoria Publishing
  • Date of Publication: 1st September 2010
  • Number of Pages: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Product Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.5