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Headstone over the grave of Aborigine, Derrimut who died in 1864, noted for his warning to the early settlers of an impending attack by tribesmen . Derrimut is a significant Aboriginal leader in the early history of Melbourne.
 

His memorial stone attests to his significance. He is without a doubt a controversial and colourful figure, and his actions were instrumental in preventing a massacre of John Pascoe Fawkner`s party in late 1835, yet William Buckley wanted to spear him for his actions.

Other commentators have considered him a traitor, a collaborator, a go-between, and the saviour of Melbourne.

Location

Address:Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791667
Long: 144.962222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous

Dedication

Front Inscription

This stone was erected by a few colonists to commemorate the noble act of the native chief, Derrimut, who by timely information given, October 1835, to the first colonists, Messrs Fawkner, Lancey, Evans, Henry Batman and their dependants, saved them from massacre planned by some of the up-country tribes of Aborigines.

Derrimut closed his mortal career in the Benevolent Asylum May 28th 1864; aged about 54 years

Source: VMR,MA,RHSV
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