Yarri & Jacky Jacky Bravery Nomination
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Yarri & Jacky Jacky rescued 1/3 of Gundagai town's residents (69 people) in frail bark canoes from the flooded Murrumbidgee River in June 1852. This was a protracted rescue effort over some days and nights. This work was carried out despite Gundagai townsfolk ignoring earlier warnings by Aboriginal community members that the area was subject to inundation. Numerous press articles in the Gundagai Independent over a period of more than 100 years after the flood reference the rescues. In September 2016 they were nominated for an Australian Government Bravery Award. Unfortunately the nomination was unsuccessful. Brungle-Tumut Local Aboriginal Land Council and a small group of local people are working on a new application. We would appreciate your support.
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