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The First Scientists

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  • Vic Park Community Centre
    248 Gloucester Street, East Victoria Park WA 6101, Australia

For National Science Week we will be exploring the deadly inventions and innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, The First Scientists.

First Nations people have used what we now call science for over 65,000 years to adopt lessons learnt from the land, sea and sky into their ways of living through stories, song and dance.

“You may have been taught that the first scientists were just hunter-gatherers, but in fact they were some of the greatest minds of their time.” - Corey Tutt, author of The First Scientists.

Across Australia there is evidence of people predicting the weather through astronomy, engineering tools like boomerangs, fish traps and glues - using technology to develop maps and tracking practices, and an extensive knowledge of chemistry to harness the bush to produce medicines, treatments and skin care.

These three hands-on intergenerational sessions will explore:

  • The Six Noongar Seasons - Sat 12 August, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Enduring Innovations of First Nations People - Thurs 17 August, 4.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Balance, Respect for Country and the Voice - Sat 19 August, 10.00am to 11.00am


  • Dylan Collard (Kalyakoorl) is a Wadjak Balardong Noongar
  • Jayden Boundry (Ngalak Nidja) is a Wadjak Balardong Noongar man and Badimia Yamatji
  • Dylan Shilito (Ngalak Nidja) is also Wadjak Balardong Noongar

Thank you to National Science Week and Inspiring WA for supporting this activity.

Location Information

Vic Park Community Centre has step free access, a disabled toilet with baby change, access to outdoor space and gender-neutral toilets. W?e do our best to make our events inclusive of all. Please email: if you have any questions or would like to flag any access requirements.