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Yarri Plaque / May 2013
Yarri Plaque / May 2013
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A plaque erected by the Tumut-Brungle Aboriginal Community commemorates Yarri who rescued 49 people during the Great Flood of 1852.

The June 25, 1852 flood swept the town away, killing at least 78 people (perhaps 89) of the town's population of 250 people. It is one of the largest natural disasters in Australia's history. The efforts of Yarri, Jacky Jacky, Long Jimmy and one other Indigenous man in saving many Gundagai people from the 1852 floodwaters were heroic. Between them, these men rescued more than 40 people using bark canoes.

Yarri and Jacky Jacky were honoured with bronze medallions for their efforts, and were allowed to demand sixpences from all Gundagai residents, although Yarri was maltreated on at least one occasion after the flood. Long Jimmy died not  long after his rescues, possibly from the effects of being exposed to the freezing cold and wet conditions.

Location

Address:Homer Street & Sheridan Lane, Yarri Park, Gundagai, 2722
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.066621
Long: 148.106769
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Actual Event STart Date:25-June-1852
Actual Event End Date:25-June-1852
Link:http://www.acph.nicheit.com.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 7th September, 1990
Front Inscription

(Plaque 1 )            

 IN MEMORY OF 
YARRI 
HERO OF GUNDAGAI

NEAR THIS SITE ON THE NIGHT OF 24th JUNE, 1852  
AN ABORIGINAL MAN NAMED YARRI RESCUED 49 PEOPLE  
FROM THE FLOODED MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER.

PLACED IN HIS HONOUR BY THE TUMUT-BRUNGLE  
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY ON 7th SEPTEMBER 1990

(Plaque 2)

YARRI BRIDGE
OPENED BY 
THE HON TERRY SHEAHAN, B.A. L.L.B., M.P.
MINISTER FOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT
26 NOVEMBER 1984

THE HON L.J. BRERETON M.P. B.N.LODER, B.E., DIP. T.C.R, F.I.E.
AUST, R.C.R.T
MINISTER FOR ROADS      COMMISSIONER FOR MAIN ROADS
NEW SOUTH WALES               NEW SOUTH WALES


 

Source: MA,ACPH
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