Brumby Heritage

Brumbies are an integral part of Australia’s social history and hold important cultural and heritage value.

Each Brumby population area across Australia and overseas is unique in that they can be traced back to their original founding stock through social history and genetics, and have evolved and adapted to the seasonal extremes of the locations where they are found

  • The ancestors of today’s Brumbies arrived with the First Fleets to Australia and were valued as an essential and versatile work horse. 
  • Ancestors of the modern-day Brumbies served during the Boer War and the two World Wars.  
  • Brumbies have become iconic to Australia, for example, the naming of rugby teams, army units, on paper currency and of course the film The Man From Snowy River which celebrated the heritage of Brumbies in Australia.  They also featured at the opening of the Sydney Olympics viewed by people from all over the world. 
  • Brumbies bring tourists to each area they are found with many local horse and adventure trail operators dependent on Brumbies remaining in the wild. 
  • The Australia ICOMOS 2013 Burra Charter explains that cultural significance enriches people’s lives, providing a deep, inspirational sense of connection to community and landscape, and to past lived experiences.  Cultural significance embodies expressions of identity and experience, reflects the diversity of communities, tells us about who we are, the past that formed us, our landscape and that they are irreplaceable and precious. 

Wild Horses represent living heritage values but tragically, they face mounting pressure to be removed from many parts of Australia, and in Victoria they face imminent, complete extinction.

This must not happen. The following information will help inform the general public, and in turn the government, environmentalists and park managers, of WHY it is vital to retain Wild Horse populations in sustainable numbers for future generations to see and value.

more info about Brumby heritage

Australian Alps National Parks

Assessment of the Cultural Heritage Values of the Australian Alps National ParksThe Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) has commissioned research and preliminary assessment of the non-Indigenous, or historic, cultural values of the Australian Alps national parks. This will…

NSW – Guy Fawkes Brumbies – Report of the Heritage Working Party

On 22 March 2001, following the aerial shooting of over 600 horses in the Guy Fawkes River National Park (GFRNP), the Minister for the Environment, Mr Bob Debus, announced that a study would be undertaken into the heritage value of…

NSW – Kosciuszko – The Kiandra Greys

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NSW – Kosciuszko National Park – Cultural Heritage Values of wild horses

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NSW – Snowy Mountains Brumbies

The Ngarigo, Djiringanj and the Brumby By David Dixon  “The word’s been passed around about the Men from Snowy River Their story wasn’t forgotten and not allowed to witherFor a wise and strong Bugeenj woman who listened to her Elders Nurtured the…

The Burra Charter

The Burra Charter sets a standard of practice for those who provide advice, make decisions about, or undertake works to places of cultural significance, including owners, managers and custodians. The Charter can be applied to all types of places of…

Victoria – Barmah National Park Timeline & Activities

Barmah State Park (7,900 ha) and Barmah State Forest (21,600 ha) are on the Murray River flood plain between Echuca and Tocumwal, about 225 km north of Melbourne. Together they make up the largest River Red Gum forest in Victoria.…

Victoria – Masters Thesis: GRAZING OF THE HIGH COUNTRY VICTORIA

University of Melbourne Masters Thesis: GRAZING OF THE HIGH COUNTRY VICTORIA. AN HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY OF HIGH COUNTRY GRAZING IN VICTORIA, 1835 TO 1935. Peter Cabena, 1990. Thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts Department of Geography…

Victoria – Mountain Cattlemen Association Victoria (MCAV)

Mountain Cattlemen are angry with the Government’s announcement to exterminate every Brumby from the Bogong High Plains. “The Bogong High Plains are vast and iconic.  The small mob of Brumbies that run on the Plains (estimated less than 100) cause minimal…

Victorian Alpine Brumby Founding Stock

The Brumby Founding Stock of the Bogongs and Eastern Alps This document has been created with help from ABA supporters conducting interviews with people whose ancestors worked the Victorian Alps, information gleaned from literature on the history of the Victorian…


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