This paper examines four northern Wathawurrung legends and beliefs that were associated with five landmarks within their country - Lal Lal Falls, Black Hill (Kirrit Barreet, near Gordon), Lake Burrumbeet, and Mt Buninyong and Mt Elephant (Derrinallum). The first two sites are associated with Bundjil, the creator spirit. Lake Burrumbeet concerns a 'witch-like' creature, and the final two sites were involved in major conflict that explaines their unique topographical characteristics. The northern Wathawurrung country is bounded by the Werribee River in the east; the Fiery Creek in the west; and the Great Dividing Range in the north.
This paper is concerned with the Djabwurrung Aboriginal people of the Buangor district and their relationships with Colin and Frances Campbell. Colin Campbell squatted on Djabwurrung land near Mt Cole in late February 1840. Two 'big' questions lie behind this study - to what extent, if any, did the condition of being Scottish affect their attitudes to Indigenous peoples?, and did Scottish highlanders, whose own culture and language were coming under threat, perceive any parallels between their experiences and those of Indigenous peoples?