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Jaara People

GOAL 1: Jaara (People)

A Dja Dja Wurrung person is descended through either parent to Apical Ancestors who were associated with Dja Dja Wurrung country by birth, place of burial, and/or other connection with Dja Dja Wurrung country at the time of first contact with Europeans.

All people who hold or may hold native title rights and interest to the land and waters of native title claim VID6001/00 lodged on behalf of the Dja Dja Wurrung People are encouraged to contact the corporation or NTSV to activate their rights as a descendent of the ancestors.

Our aspiration is that every Dja Dja Wurrung person is happy, healthy and secure in their identity, livelihood and lifestyle

We have Ancestors tracing back thousands of years, and future generations yet to come. Some of us are living on Country and some are living away. We are all Dja Dja Wurrung. We need to act now to ensure the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of our People, both current and future.

There are many challenges that we will face in working to meet these objectives. To begin with, we are not starting from a level playing field. Historical dispossession has left us with dispersed communities and a lack of community cohesion. Longstanding inequity in law, policy and governance has left Aboriginal people at a disadvantage in health, housing, employment and many of our other fundamental needs. Some government policies remain out-dated, failing to reflect the contemporary understanding of traditional laws, culture, property rights and human rights.

Native Title recognition and settlement has helped to heal some of the scars of history, but we have a long way to go to build our capacity to participate fully in the social and economic fabric of the community.

Our Ancestors

Note: those Ancestors with an * have descendants who have activated their rights and are members of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Dja Dja Wurrung Native Title Full Group.

Tommy Avoca

Descendants of Tommy Avoca / DeardjooWarramin born Mt Franklin circa 1834. Recorded as “the old Jajowrong Tommy Avoca (DeardjooWarramin, c. 1834-1894)”. At the Coranderrk inquiry stated that he “came from Mount Franklin”.

Emma Curr*

Born circa 1853 at Kelly’s station, Bendigo Creek or Terrick Terrick, Victoria; died April 1886 at Barham Station, NSW. Married Alick Campbell in 1873 at Coranderrk.

King Girribong*, Lerimburneen, Walpanumin

Descendants of King Girribong (associated with the Boort area in the mid-1840s. Married Matty), Lerimburneen (King Billy – Logan) born circa 1835 at the Loddon or Murray Plains, died 1865 at the Loddon River. Married Ginny in 1855 at Loddon or Murray Plains, Belay and Kitty, Logan’s sons Robert Nicholls—born circa 1849 or 1854 at West Charlton or Nicholls Station,Victoria, died 1929—and Walpanumin (Jacky Logan) born circa 1846 at the Richardson River or East Charlton, Victoria.

William Parker

Descendants of William Parker (At the Coranderrk Inquiry in 1881 stated that he was born at Jim Crow)

John Charles*

Descendants of Jamie Warbot (‘Pretty Boy‘) and Katie, and their son John Charles born, circa 1852 at Bacchus Marsh, or Avoca, died 1884. Married Eliza Briggs in 1875 at Coranderrk. Spent much of his life at Coranderrk. John Charles is recorded as having been the half-brother of Thomas Dunolly.

Alfred Davis

Descendants of Alfred Davis (Alfred told the Coranderrk inquiry in November 1881 that he was born “on the Loddon”)

Caroline Malcolm*

Descendants of Gilpoon-Mouning,and her daughter Caroline Malcolm born 1846 at Menzies Station Loddon, died 1889. May have been recorded in the Mt Franklinford 1863 census as residing at Bullock Creek. A Coranderrk burial registry lists Caroline’s tribe as being from the Loddon

Henry Harmony Nelson*

Descendants of Mary Jane, and her son Henry Harmony Nelson born 1855 at Majorca/Loddon, died circa 1919 at Tocumwal NSW. Married Margaret Stone (alias McDonald) in 1880 at Coranderrk. Spent some time with his family at Framlingham in 1884 to 1891.

Thomas Dunolly*

Descendants of Thomas Dunolly born circa 1854 at Dunolly, Victoria, died 1923. Parents were Willie and Betsy. Recorded in a census at Mt Franklinford Station in 1863. Lived in Coranderrk Station circa 1867. Married Jessie Hamilton in 1876 at Coranderrk and later married Jemima Wandin in 1910 at Coranderrk. Recorded as being a member of the Mt Franklin tribe or Monulgundeech tribe in 1863.

Tommy Farmer

Descendants of Tommy Farmer / BirnBurman born Loddon, Castlemaine circa 1834. Marriage certificate states that he was “head of the Loddon, Castlemaine district”.

Alfred Davis

Descendants of Alfred Davies (Alfred told the Coranderrk inquiry in November 1881 that he was born “on the Loddon”)

Catherine Robinson*

Descendants of Catherine Robinson (possibly known as Kitty) born at Bridge Watter circa 1826, died 1886 at Swan Hill. A Catherine Robinson was recorded in a list of burials at the Coranderrk Cemetery dated 1876-1943.

Charlotte Williams

Descendants of Charlotte Williams (According to her marriage certificate, born at Franklin, Talbot circa 1851).

David Harrison*

(Born circa 1800, died at St. Arnaud, Victoria April 27 1861. Married Mary) and his son Captain Harrison born 1839 at Carr’s Plain or 1838 in Donald. Married Sarah Ross/Rosson and later Margaret Green in 1883 at Ebenezer. Died 1908 at Coranderrk.

Finemore Jackson*

Descendants of Finemore Jackson, born circa 1868/1869 at Mount Hope, Victoria. Married Gertrude Vincent November 1895 at Moama while resident at Cummeragunja.

Leonard Kerr*

Born circa 1854 at Mount Hope, or Loddon Victoria. Parents recorded as Curr and Peggie on marriage certificate. Married Bella Gorrie at Coranderrk in 1875 and later Margaret Briggs in 1883.

Martin Simpson

Descendants of Martin Simpson (The Albury Border Post noted in October 1887 that Martin Simpson was “a native of Jim Crow and belonged to the Gejoworrung tribe”. At the Coranderrk inquiry in 1881 stated that he was born at Jim Crow but did not know his age).

John Terrick*

Descendants of Nelson Trobullock and Nora Wan-nannee, and their son John Terrick born, circa 1835 or 1843 at Terrrick Terrick in the Mount Hope district, died 1922. Described as belonging to the Bendigo tribe. Live for some time at Coranderrk Station.

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