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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.
|Address:||Homer Street & Sheridan Lane, Yarri Park, Gundagai, 2722|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.066621|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||25-June-1852|
|Actual Event End Date:||25-June-1852|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 7th September, 1990|
(Plaque 1 )
IN MEMORY OF
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
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.
MINISTER FOR ROADS COMMISSIONER FOR MAIN ROADS
NEW SOUTH WALES NEW SOUTH WALES