Our projects

History

The Corporation actively seeks to find more about Ngarabal history.

Our Kwiambal/Ngarabal apical ancestors include (and is not inclusive of):

King Schoolie Jack. King Schoolie Jack was born around 1820. He lived at Edgerton, Pindaroi - along the Severn River. King Jacky is also mentioned in the Deepwater station records. In 1921, he passed away at Nucoorilma Aboriginal Mission Station. He was 101 years of age, when he passed away. His death was in the newspapers throughout New South Wales and Queensland.

Lucy Fraser, married William Wright. Her second husband was John Marlow 1st. She was born at Byron Station, Frasers Creek approximately 1842, and passed away at Emmaville.

Julia Marno (aka Marlow). Julia's father was the Chief of Deepwater station. Her children were born between 1852 and 1860 at Deepwater and Ashford.

Cultural education

Our Elders teach our children and those from the stolen generation about our ecosystems, law and customs. In this photo, Uncle Theo Wright is teaching how our ancestors how we mapped areas where food sources were plentiful. Our cultural camps are held annually on country.

Activism

In the past year, the Corporation has actively engaged in dialogue with the NSW Government regarding the proposed Mole River Dam project. The Mole River is a sacred area for the Ngarabal and one of our major walking tracks. Recently, a record of a massacre on the Mole river was reported to the NSW Government. There is also an Aboriginal reserve, which was potentially illegally resumed by the NSW Government in 1907. The reserve has a burial of a Ngarabal ancestor 'Jacky', who passed in 1904. For further information please refer to the Submission into the Rationale for, and impacts of, new dams and other water infrastructure in NSW, August 2020 and Transcript into the Inquiry of the Rationale for, and impacts of, new dams and other water infrastructure in NSW.


Ceremony

We keep our culture and heritage alive by continuing with the ceremonies of our ancestors, from millennium. Welcoming and grounding our children home to country.

Reunions

Many within our nation were part of the stolen generation. Our mission is to proactively heal our nation by continually supporting each other to return home. Also, by creating a place where our family feel they belong. The Ngarabal also have private Facebook pages where histories are exchanged. This photo is of Uncle Theo Wright and Uncle John Marlow's reunion in 2019.


Protecting our environment


The Severn River and Beardy Plains traditionally belongs to the Ngarabal language speakers. Our rivers and ecosystem are integral to the biome of the Upper Darling Basin water catchment. As custodians of this system, for thousands of millenia it is our ancestral responsibility to protect this system for our past, present and future generations.