Aboriginal Australians


Olivia Stuebe

What are Aboriginal Australians?

The term Aboriginal Australians means indigenous Australians.  This means that these Australians are native to Australia.  This is why they call them aboriginal, because they were the first humans to live on that continent. For over 50,000 years, the Aborigines had Australia to themselves.  But today, less than 3 percent of Australians are Aboriginal.  

Where did they come from?

It is believed that around 50,000 years ago, the aborigines discovered Australia.  When they discovered it, they migrated to Australia from Africa.  Studies show that the aboriginals were African, Asian and European.  It is estimated that when the Europeans first came to Australia, there were about 320,000 of the aborigines.  

What were their lives like?

When the Aboriginals migrated to Australia, they did not build homes, farms or any cities.  This is believed to be because Australia's climate and geography were not suitable to grow any farm plants; such as wheat, rice and oats.  They normally hunted and collected food such as fruits, nuts and animals native to the area.  Because there weren't many buildings, Aboriginals often slept out in the open.  Some would use trees and cloths to set up a small shelter, but they never built any actual structures or buildings.

My Reaction

I think its surprising that the first people living in Australia first migrated there 50,000 years ago.  I also thought that they would have built buildings when they got there, but they didn't, they just lived out in the open.

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"Aboriginal Culture & Maori Culture." USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.


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