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Bungaree Inscription : 26-03-2014
Bungaree Inscription : 26-03-2014

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The memorial was erected to acknowledge the contribution made by Bungaree to the surveying of the area in 1790`s.

Bungaree or Bongaree was an Aboriginal man who came from the Broken Bay area to settle in Sydney in 1791. Attracted by `his good disposition and manly conduct` Matthew Flinders took him in the Norfolk on his voyage to Moreton and Hervey Bays in Queensland in 1799. He also accompanied Flinders in the Investigator during his circumnavigation of Australia, 1801-1803.

In 1817 Bungaree sailed with Phillip Parker King to north-western Australia. He proved very useful in making contact with new tribes and was commended by both Flinders and King. Regarded by the authorities as the leader of the township Aboriginal people, he generally wore a discarded uniform and cocked hat. In 1815 Governor Lachlan Macquarie installed him with some of his tribe on a farm at George`s Head in Sydney. However farming was not to their liking and the venture eventually failed. Bungaree died in 1830 after a long illness.


Address:Bush Street, Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head, 2263
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.281667
Long: 151.576111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1986
Front Inscription

Erected in recognition of Bungaree, a prominent Aboriginal of the Central Coast.

Bungaree's regional knowledge and contacts were used by colonists in their reconnaissance of the coast line near Norah Head in the late 1790s.

Local Aboriginals named this headland Norah Bungaree to commemorate the honour and respect upon Bungaree for his services to the early colonists.

Source: H, MA
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