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The plaque on the grave commemorates George Winjan who died in 1915.  The plaque was funded by the Greens of Western Australia.

George Winjan, was a member of the Bindjareb Bilyidar Nyungars and survived the Battle of Pinjarra as a young child. He became the leader of the remainder of his people, also earning the respect of Mandurah’s white community. He died in 1915 and his gravesite is in Christ’s Church, Mandurah.

The Pinjarra Massacre, otherwise known as the Battle of Pinjarra, would go down in Western Australia's history as one of the State's most bloody and darkest days. On the 28th of October, 1834, a party of men, led by Governor James Stirling, surrounded the camp of the Bindjareb Bilyidar Nyungars in Pinjarra and opened fired, killing up to 30 tribemen as they fled for cover. Though the casualties on Nyungars side was reported by the British to be between 15-30, the real figures may never be known.Some believe the death toll could have been in the hundreds. Although Stirling said no women or children were killed during the massacre the Nyungars claim the attack took place during ceremonial time when most of the men were away in initiation rituals.


Address:Pinjarra Road & Sholl Street, Christ Church Cemetery, Mandurah, 6210
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.534444
Long: 115.721111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

To The Glory Of God
Died 20th March 1915
When Old Winjan Died Around 1890
His Son Yaburgurt Who Was Known As
George Winjan To The Settlers Assumed
Leadership Of The Aboriginal People 
Throughout The Peel District.

Source: MA
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