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A monument commemorates the Pangerang Aborigines who were the original owners of the valley in which Wangaratta was established.

The Pangerang people lived along the Ovens River and were hunters with a plentiful supply of native game. Their diet largely comprised of birds, eggs, fruits, roots and bulbs. The tribe had a strict social structure and was split into two groups who married each other. During the colder winter months they would wear possum skin cloaks and kangaroo rugs, but for the larger part of the year they would only wear a waist band with a small panel front and rear. Their skin was often marked with raised keloid scars which they wore on their arms chest and back.


Address:Ryley Street, Merriwa Park, Wangaratta, 3677
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.357027
Long: 146.323932
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture


Front Inscription

In Memory Of
The Pangerang Aborigines Who
Once Owned This Beautiful Valley
Before The Coming Of White
Settlers. Mary Milawa The Last
Of Her Tribe Died 6-11-1888

"She Walked In Her World All Alone"

This Memorial Erected By
Wangaratta City Council
And Donated By
The Dowling Family
"Pangerang Descendants"

Source: MA
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