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03-September-2013
03-September-2013

Photographs supplied by Ian Bevege

A monument commemorates Harry Chapman (a local aboriginal elder), the site of large middens in the sand dunes fronting Malua Bay; and the destroyed aboriginal burial ground which was situated nearby. 

Location

Address:George Bass Drive & Kuppa Avenue, North west corner of Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay, 2536
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.79247
Long: 150.22959
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1984
Front Inscription

THE ‘HARRY CHAPMAN’ ABORIGINAL
           MIDDEN SITE

This site is of special meaning to South Coast aboriginals. Our forefathers of the Yuin tribe roamed and used this land. This area although now developed was once a traditional campsite. Our people would camp here and enjoy seafood and also roam into the bushland in search of plant and animal food.
Not far from this midden site is also a burial site and this burial site now desecrated and built on, has special spiritual significance to all aboriginal descendants.
Harry Chapman was a tribal elder who died some years back but is remembered for the standing he had in the community and for the history which he passed on.
Naming this site after him is our way of remembering the old times years ago when aboriginals were at home in this land. 
Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council 1984

Source: MA
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