Photographer's Note

This is about 10 kilometres outside the tiny town of Molong in western New South Wales. My great grandmother was born just near here at Copper Hill, on the fields of a copper mine.

But Molong's most famous son is Yuranigh of the Gomeroi and Wiradjuri people. Whilst Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell claims to have "discovered" this part of New South Wales, it was Yuranigh who guided him there. Mitchell wrote of Yuranigh in uncommonly affectionate terms as his "guide, companion, counsellor and friend" and that "his intelligence and his judgment rendered him so necessary to me that he was ever at my elbow … Confidence in him was never misplaced. He well knew the character of all the white men in the party. Nothing escaped his penetrating eye and quick ear". Yuranigh passed away in 1850 and his grave is just to the left of these trees. He was given the honour only bestowed on noble warriors and important tribesmen, with his grave being marked by 4 trees carved in the motifs of the Wiradjuri and Gomeroi tribes.

In my Workshop you can see photos of the wood carvings surrounding his grave.

There is a creek nearby named after Yuranigh, and a lagoon in Queensland.

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5632 W: 351 N: 12448] (60326)
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