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

18 May Parks Vic will commence shooting – WHAT YOU CAN DO

18th May 2020 Parks Victoria will begin shooting Victorian Alpine Brumbies at night, using infra red  sights and silencers.  We have been inundated with your questions of what you can do to help. PLEASE sign the petitions below: VICTORIAN Brumbies:…

2012 Parks Victoria report on public perceptions of Wild Horses in Victoria

Interesting to see that in 2012, Parks Victoria used the name Wild Horses in their “Snapshot of Victorian Residents and their views towards Wild Horses in Victoria”. View to full Report: Parks Victoria Report on Public Perceptions of Wild Horses…

5 May Melbourne Rally Packs a Petition Punch !

MPs and a passionate crowd stood up for Victoria’s Alpine Brumbies, protesting against the planned cull by Parks Victoria. Here are some highlights.

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Bev McAurthur MP, Member for Western Victoria Speaking out for Victorian Brumbies and the need…

50 Years since the discovery of the ancient Caspian Horse

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the remarkable discovery by American woman Louise Firouz that a horse breed thought extinct for 1300 years had in fact survived in a mountainous region of Iran. Read more about Louise Firouz and…

A Short History of High Plains Wild Horses from Kiandra to Peppercorn

Ted Taylor,  from Northern KNP is knowledgeable of the background and origins of various Snowy Brumby breed types, from: Kiandra Yarrangobilly Caves. Long Plain/Currango Peppercorn, Broken Cart and Brindabella, and Coolamine   Below is his account of the history of…

ABA appalled by unscientific conclusions for Kosi Brumbies

Two ANU environmental scientist on a ski trip make a spectacular jumps to conclusions about brumbies from an incident at Dead Horse Gap.  The resultant articles and YouTube video show, not good science based on fact and evidence, but speculation…

ABA Autumn Newsletter OUT NOW !

In this edition President’s ChatMember NewsWhy the debate over Compassionate Conservation is worth havingBrumby reserve mooted as a solution in KosiABA response to 4Corners programUsing Government guidelines to define sustainable Brumby populations View or Download Brumby Bridges

ABA Autumn Newsletter OUT NOW!

The Autumn 2019 edition of the ABA newsletter Brumby Bridges is now available. Inside this Issue….. President’s Chat Further to John Barilaro’s statements ABA Brumby Research Project New Membership Category Facebook Page Member News Films – The Mustang and Equus…

ABA Autumn Newsletter OUT NOW!

In this issue: President’s ChatABA Member Group NewsABA Response to Parks Victoria Draft Horse Management Plan 2021ABA Raffle 2021: Donna Crebbin ArtworksVic Parliamentary Environmental InquiryUpcoming Rallys for Vic BrumbiesBrumby Book The Autumn Edition of Brumby Bridges is now available for…

ABA concerned that some ‘Brumby advocates’ are again promoting violence against Park Staff

The Australian Brumby Alliance Inc., along with many Brumby advocates have steadily worked to develop constructive, effective, dialogue with Park staff, backed by an increasing range of rational comprehensive documents we find or develop. Narrowing the gap between the Pro…


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