The Koorie Heritage Trust was established in 1985 by Ron Merkel QC, the late Ron Castan AM QC and a respected Koorie elder with a commitment to protect, preserve and promote the living culture of the First Peoples of south-eastern Australia.
The KHT emerged from a need for greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of Koorie culture throughout the community, and the immediate need for Koorie cultural heritage material to be controlled, managed and curated by Koorie people. Since then, the KHT’s activities and programs have expanded and include:
In 2003, the Koorie Heritage Trust took up residency at 295 King Street, which was our home until we moved to the Yarra Building at Federation Square in June 2015.
The Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trust, as we were then known, was formed in October 1985, and arose in response to the alleged illegal sale, lending and disposal of Aboriginal Victorian relics and skeletal remains.