Acknowledgement of the Kaurna People and their Land at Significant University Events Policy


The Adelaide Plains of South Australia are home to the Kaurna Aboriginal people. The Kaurna people lived on this land for many thousands of years and were made up of independent groups living within their own lands but who came together for trade, social, ceremonial and religious reasons. They lived in a narrow corridor along the eastern shore of Gulf St Vincent: Cape Jervis to Port Wakefield; inland to near Crystal Brook, Snowtown, Blyth, Hoyleton, Hamley Bridge, Clarendon, Gawler, and Myponga; from the east side of the Hummock Range to Red Hill. Inland the Jultiwira or stringy bark forests of the Mount Lofty Ranges marked their boundary.

The University of Adelaide Reconciliation Statement includes an acknowledgement that the Kaurna (pronounced "garna") people are the original custodians of the Adelaide Plains and the land on which the University of Adelaide's campuses at North Terrace, Waite, Thebarton and Roseworthy are built.


Re-affirmed without amendments by Vice-Chancellor and President, 5 December 2014. Re-affirmed without amendments by Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, 21 December 2017.

RMO File No. 2004/2201
Policy custodian Vice-Chancellor and President
Responsible policy officer Dean of Indigenous Research & Education, tel: 8313 3140.
Endorsed by Vice-Chancellors Executive on 8 September 2004
Approved by University Council on 25 October 2004
Effective from 25 October 2004
Review Date 31 December 2020
Contact for queries about the policy Dean of Indigenous Research & Education, tel: 8313 3140.

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