Due to the speed at which Victoria was colonised by Europeans after 1835, traditional Wadawurrung language, culture and land management systems were gravely disrupted. Wadawurrung sovereignty of the land was never ceded.
The descendants the Wadawurrung community members who survived the European diseases, Frontier Wars, Victorian gold rushes, and the systematic, structural racism of state and federal governments in more recent history, are now represented in by the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation (trading as Wadawurrung) who are the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) for the Ballarat/Geelong region. They facilitate cultural competency workshops for schools and businesses, perform 'Welcome to Country' ceremonies, and undertake archaeological surveys. More information about Wadawurrung can be found at wathcorp.com.au
More information about Wadawurrung language can be accessed through this free App.
More information about Wadawurrung history relating to the Ballarat gold rush can be accessed through the Sovereign Hill Museum Association's free digitour 'Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People'.