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Cultural Diversity & Heritage

Hepburn Shire has a rich cultural history which began with our Traditional Owners and has been enriched by migration during Victoria’s gold rush era.

Our cultural diversity is celebrated through festivals and events and preserved through museums and historical societies.

Creswick and Clunes Museum Collections

Council operates two community Museums staffed by committed volunteers in Creswick and Clunes. Information is available online here:

Traditional Owners
The Dja Dja Wurrung people are the Traditional Owners and the original inhabitants of our region. Dja Dja Wurrung country incorporates a large portion of land in the Central region of Victoria between the Avoca and Loddon Rivers.

Hepburn Shire Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and pays its respects to Elders both past and present.

Hepburn Shire Council also acknowledges and celebrates dates on the Indigenous calendar providing support to community groups, schools and organisations to host events and activities.

Important dates on the Indigenous calendar:

National Sorry Day – 26 May

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May – 3 June

NAIDOC Week – First full week of July (dates vary annually)


Heritage Places and local heritage studies

Hepburn Shire has a number of sites of local, state and national significance. To access information on heritage places in Hepburn Shire listed on the Victorian heritage Register go to:

The following heritage studies have been undertaken of Hepburn Shire:

• Clunes: a townscape study of a Victorian country town / Reid, John. 1976. InfraLib 711.4099453 CLU

• Creswick Shire heritage study: Creswick Shire, Victoria: a study of the built and environmental heritage of Creswick Shire (Variable title: Heritage study, Shire of Creswick) / Lester Tropman & Associates and Wendy Jacobs & OthersCreswick (Vic.: Shire). 3v. 1990-1991. InfraLib 720.99453 CRE:L

• Daylesford and Hepburn Springs conservation study (Variable title: Daylesford and Glenlyon conservation study. Part 1) / Perrott Lyon Mathieson (Firm). 3v. 1985. InfraLib 720.99453 DAY

• Daylesford-Hepburn Springs: strategy plan/ Perrott Lyon Mathieson (Firm). 1984. InfraLib 711.558099453 DAY a

• Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford conservation management plan / Lee Andrews and Associates Heritage Consulting (Firm) 587 p. : col. ill., maps, plans ; 30 cm. +1 CD-Rom optical disc (4 3/4 in.) s.l. The Author , 2007. 712.5099453 DAY:L AV CD 115

Swiss Italian culture
Hepburn Shire is home to the descendants of many people who migrated for gold or to escape the political upheaval and persecution. The region is proud of its Swiss/Italian heritage that has created a distinctive architecture and culture, which is still clearly obvious throughout the Shire.


Hepburn Hub – Public Art – Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Hepburn Shire Council invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified Dja Dja Wurrung artists to undertake development and construction of a permanent artwork at the Hepburn Hub in Daylesford. The artwork will inspire locals and visitors by creating a connection to the traditional custodians, the Dja Dja Wurrung. The public artwork will reflect Hepburn Shire Council’s vision to promote unity, respect and understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other community members.

EOI – Hepburn Hub at The Rex – Public Art Project – Dja DJa Wurrung