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(Long ago, before this time)
Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung People) have lived on our traditional lands and cared for djandak (Country) over many thousands of years.
For us, djandak is more than just a landscape, it is more than what is visible to the eye; it is a living entity which holds the stories of creation and histories that cannot be erased.
Our Martiinga kuli (Ancestors) looked after this Country and it is for this reason, we are duty bound to look after it for the future generations.
“For my People, our djandak is our being. It is a landscape in which the tangible is interwoven with our dreaming stories, our Lore and our Martinga kuli murrup (Ancestral spirits). It is the land that gave birth to our Martiinga kuli and nourished and sheltered them. In return they were the guardians of djandak, in the care of the waterways and woodlands, ensuring the health and future of both djandak and Djaara.”
Trent Nelson, Chairperson,
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.
Our Martiinga kuli (Ancestors)
Djaara are the direct descendants of the First Peoples of djandak. We are made up of many Clan groups who descend from our 18 Martiinga kuli.
When stories from the mission period recount Dja Dja Wurrung People being punished for using Dja Dja Wurrung language and customs, our Martiinga kuli remained determined to hold onto Culture.
When the practice and survival of our cultural traditions were gravely threatened, our Martiinga kuli persevered.
Whether they lived on djandak or elsewhere, our Martiinga kuli sought to maintain our kinship obligations and relations to remain connected to djandak. We are reminded of the strength and resilience of our Martiinga kuli to continue on when things got hard.
Today, we are duty bound to look after djandak for the future generations that follow and because of our Martiinga kuli, Djaara are a stronger People.
Every day we acknowledge our Martiinga kuli.
Tommy Avoca / Deardjoo Warramin born Mt Franklin circa 1834. Recorded as “the old Jajowrong Tommy Avoca (Deardjoo Warramin, c. 1834-1894)”. At the Coranderrk inquiry stated that he “came from Mount Franklin”.
Born circa 1853 at Kelly’s station, Bendigo Creek or Terrick Terrick, Victoria; died April 1886 at Barham Station, NSW. Married Alick Campbell in 1873 at Coranderrk.
Thomas Dunolly born circa 1854 at Dunolly, Victoria, died 1923. Parents were Willie and Betsy. Recorded in a census at Mt Franklinford Station in 1863. Lived in Coranderrk Station circa 1867. Married Jessie Hamilton in 1876 at Coranderrk and later married Jemima Wandin in 1910 at Coranderrk. Recorded as being a member of the Mt Franklin tribe or Monulgundeech tribe in 1863.
King Girribong*, Lerimburneen, Walpanumin
Walpanumin John Jacky Logan (born Charlton 1840) was a Dja Dja Wurrung man of the Yung Balug, father of Herbert Nicholls and Grandfather to Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls. Walpanumin was the son of Lerimburneen or King Billy (c.1830-1865) who died on the Loddon River near Serpentine of the Dja Dja Wurrung/Baraparapa. Lerimburneen was the son of King Girribong (c.1790-1860) of the Dja Dja Wurrung/Baraparapa and Matty of the Wergaia (c1800-1886). The Nicholls Family regards the Boort, Charlton, and Donald districts as the heartland of their Dja Dja Wurrung connection to Country. The Barks at Boort and the Jaara Baby at Charlton are events in our history that mark our connection to Country and our collective authority to speak for Country.
Jamie Warbot (‘Pretty Boy‘) and Katie, and their son John Charles born, circa 1852 at Bacchus Marsh, or Avoca, died 1884. Married Eliza Briggs in 1875 at Coranderrk. Spent much of his life at Coranderrk. John Charles is recorded as having been the half-brother of Thomas Dunolly.
Alfred Davis told the Coranderrk inquiry in November 1881 that he was born “on the Loddon”.
Gilpoon-Mouning, and her daughter Caroline Malcolm born 1846 at Menzies Station Loddon, died 1889. It may have been recorded in the Mt Franklinford 1863 census that she resided at Bullock Creek. A Coranderrk burial registry lists Caroline’s tribe as being from the Loddon.
‘Through my elders’ stories and teachings, I am always proud to acknowledge the contribution my Ancestors made in caring for this land, its waterways, native animals and all plants species that we all benefit from today’.
– Uncle Graham Atkinson, Malcolm Family Group Director.
The Terrick surname derives, as the surnames of many Aboriginal people during the early colonial period, from his place of birth, “Terrick Terrick near Pyramid Hill”. John was probably born around 1843, a member of the Dja Dja Wurrung language group from the Avoca region.
In September 1881, John Terrick provided evidence into the Inquiry of Coranderrk, as he had resided there about 12 years. He had two children and worked on the station. He was explaining of the conditions they were living including wishing to have moved to another part of the country because he was living in a bark hut that was damp which had made him ill and limited rations and blankets.
Are you ready to activate your Djaara rights?
Do you want to become a Dja Dja Wurrung member?
Our current Dja Dja Wurrung members have activated their Native Title rights as a descendent of their Martiinga kuli. They proudly express interest in Dja Dja Wurrung land, waters, and self-determined approaches when caring for djandak.
As our Country’s first People, we have an established place in society and are empowered to manage our own affairs.
We encourage djaara to activate their rights as Traditional Owners of Central Victoria.