Evidence indicates the presence of Aborigines in Tasmania about 40,000 years ago. Rising sea levels cut Tasmania off from mainland Australia about 10,000 years ago and by the time of European contact, the Aboriginal people in Tasmania had nine major nations, or language groups. European settlers and policy decimated the Aboriginal population to almost zero by 1832.


Tasmanian Aboriginals (along with their culture) remain and are a strong and resilient people. Around Easter time, instead of the traditional Christian feed of fish, Aboriginal children get a feed of mutton birds, sing in palawa kani (Aboriginal talk) about mutton birds, dance and make baskets lined with feathers of the bird to fill with chocolate eggs. The Hobart Museam has a wonderful Aboriginal exhibit including a stunning sea craft that depicts the ingenuity and cultural richness of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.


Tasmanian Aboriginal Catholics do not have a designated Ministry but worship throughout the Parishes of the Island and work in many of the Diocesan Organisations.  NATSICC Tasmanian representative is the key pint of contact.


Tasmanian Aboriginal Resources

Hobart Museum

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania

Phone: (03) 6165 7000


Aboriginal Tasmanians

An overview of the lives of the  Traditional Owners of Tasmania prior to European settlement and the impact that settlement had upon them.


Lia Pootah

Website of the The Lia Pootah Aboriginal Community of Tasmania


Catholic Diocese of Hobart

Phone: (03) 6208 6222

Fax: (03) 6208 6293

Email: General Enquiry

Location: 35 Tower Road

New Town Tas 7008

Postal: GPO BOX 62

Hobart Tas 7001


Hobart Catholic Education office

Address: 5 Emmett Place, New Town TAS 7008

Phone:(03) 6210 8888


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069

www.natsicc.org.au   |   craig@natsicc.org.au   | 08 8363 2963


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