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Barak Memorial
Barak Memorial
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A monument commemorates the last chief of the Yarra Yarra (Wurundjeri) tribe who died on 15 August 1903.

The monument was a gift of Anne Fraser Bon who formed a friendship with Barak when her child died. When her husband died she had a beautiful monument made with her husband`s name and her child`s name inscribed on it..  When her place at Wappan Station was to be flooded to become the Eildon Weir, Anne decided that she should move the monument.

It was during this time that William Barak passed away so Anne engaged some tradespeople to scratch her husband`s name and her child`s name from the monument and re-inscribe it in memory of William Barak. The monument was shifted to the Coranderkk Aboriginal cemetery from Healesville`s main street by the Bread and Cheese Club in 1955


Address:Piccaninny Road, Coranderk Cemetery, Healesville, 3777
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.6875
Long: 145.505833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1934
Front Inscription

To the glory of God and to the memory of Barak, last chief of the Yarra Yarra tribe of Aborigines and his race.

Barak died at Coranderrk 15th Aug. 1903, aged 85.

A sincere Christian.

This stone is the gift of Anne Fraser Bon, late of Wappan Estate, Bonnie Doon, to the Shire of Healesville and is erected by public subscription 1934.

Re-erected here over his grave, surrounded by 300 of his race, by the Bread and Cheese Club 1955

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