The Wungunja Cultural Centre was established to protect the culture and heritage of the Aboriginal people of Trangie.

The centre showcases a large variety of artefacts that have been sourced through long term loans with the Australian Museum and the Office of Environment and Heritage, donations from local people and collections owned by the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council. The valuable collection represents family history and information including displays of photos and stories of local Aboriginal people who have served our Country from World War 1.

     

The Wungunja Cultural Centre is a central hub that celebrates the local Aboriginal culture in our region. Family history records of Aboriginal families that once lived on the Macquarie, Bogan and Lachlan rivers are held in the centre and are a popular attraction for visiting relatives to the centre.

The Centre is also a popular outlet for local artists to showcase and sell a variety of painted items that include art, boomerangs, good will stones, vases and didgeridoos. It is a place where school children are able to visit to build their knowledge on Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Functions held at the centre include community events like Naidoc, Reconciliation and Sorry Day or healing celebrations.

Two carved ceremonial trees removed from “Mullah” Trangie in the 1960’s are a highlight of the centre and are currently on long term loan from the Australian Museum. These trees hold significant value to the local Aboriginal community of Trangie where their engravings are unique.

Also located at the site of the Wungunja Cultural Centre is an old pine hut, known as the “Rovers Den”. This magical little pine hut was built in the 1930’s by local businessmen including the local medical practitioner, Dr McLean. The Hut was built for the purpose of holding meeting for the scout groups and then later used for housing. Aboriginal people moved from the river to live in the hut in earlier years and was later used as emergency housing for many families in need.

Visitors to Trangie can explore the beautifully restored centre, experience the skills of the Aboriginal people in their craftsmanship in tool making, or just to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the surrounds of the centre where many yarns have been told by the community Elders, and the greater Trangie community.

How do you find us?

As you drive through Trangie turn into our beautiful main street know as Dandaloo Street. The Wungunja Cultural Centre is located two blocks from the highway on the corner of Dandaloo and Harris Streets.

  • A: 81 Dandaloo Street, Trangie
  • P: 6888 7661 / 0409 071 016
  • E: Trangie.lalc@bigpond.com