Theme: Aboriginal - Worimi History and Sustainability

Worimi People


The Worimi are the traditional owners of the Port Stephens area.


Port Stephens Council provides an overview of the important history of the Worimi nation at 


One of the aims of the Tomaree Museum Project is to enhance Worimi cultural identity and protect Worimi cultural heritage.   Tomaree Museum Association believe that it is important that:

  • the Worimi nation tell their story in any Tomaree Museum exhibition, and that 

  • the Tomaree Museum complement the aboriginal story already told by the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council, numerous individuals and the Worimi Conservation Lands Board.  

Port Stephen Oyster Industry


Aboriginal Australians consumed oysters for thousand of years before European settlement as indicated by the large number of kitchen middens remaining along Australia's coast. Oyster farming is the oldest aquaculture industry in Australia commencing in the late 1800's. It commenced with the exploitation of dredge beds, both for the use of oyster shell for lime production and oyster meat consumption. These natural oyster beds were nearly all exhausted by the turn of the 19th century and have not recovered.


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.



The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive including records of people who may have passed away.

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