Eddie Kneebone belonged to the Pangerang people of the Goulburn Valley. Pangerang, AKA Bangerang meaning 'Tall Trees', is also known as 'the koala people'. Eddie Kneebone's extended family group was the Thooloolagong people at Ullupna Island near Strathmerton and they are known as the Kookaburra people. Kneebone was the eldest of eight sisters and five brothers. He taught himself to paint by observing others. In 2001, Eddie Kneebone received the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for his work on reconciliation.