Membership

For information as how to apply to become a member, contact the Boon Wurrung Cultural Heritage and Native Title Committee of The Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd, complete the steps below –

Step 1. Complete the form below with your contact details

Step 2. You will be sent an “Application for Membership” Form

Step 3. Complete the “Application for Membership” and return

Step 4. The Committee will assess your application

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Please note that this committee represents the native title and cultural heritage interests of the descendants of the Boon Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation.

Boon Wurrung Lands means the traditional lands and waters of the Boon Wurrung people extending from the Werribee River to and including Wilson’s Promontory. Boon Wurrung people means the descendants of the Boon Wurrung ancestors, the traditional occupiers of the Boon Wurrung Lands.

The Committee notes that the spelling of Boon Wurrung may have many forms – the spelling Boon Wurrung is the accepted spelling for the purposes of this committee.

It is noted that there are over 60 variations to the spelling of Boon Wurrung identified by Clark. The spelling adopted is Boon Wurrung rather than Bun Wurrung. This is consistent with recommendations by Clark (1996) and Blake (1991) as it uses the “oo” rather than the “u” so as to stop mispronouncing the name.

The Boon Wurrung language was first referred to in 1836 by Stewart (in Bonwick 1883) then Langhorne and Wedge in 1837. The language name is derived from the word boon meaning “no” and Wurrung meaning “lips” “mouth” or “language” (Clark 1996). The Boon Wurrung shared over 90% common vocabulary with their close neighbours, the Woi wurrung (Blake 1991: Smyth 1878) of whom the Wurendjeri Baluk were their most immediate neighbours, sharing a border in the country around where Parliament house is now located. The Foundation has adopted the spelling “Boon Wurrung” supported by this linguistic research.