Courage in Anyone’s Language – the Extraordinary Bravery of Yarri and Jacky Jacky

Gundagai’s Unsung Heroes

The New South Wales town of Gundagai was on a collision course to be wiped off the map during a massive flood in 1852.

But the actions of  Wiradjuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky saved 68 people, one third of the towns’ population, from drowning in the Great Flood.

In 2017, Gundagai unveiled a bronze sculpture honouring the men and their extraordinary bravery and selflessness.

All Images: Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, OurMob

Gundagai residents, the Brungle Tumut Local Aboriginal Land council and wider local community attended the event, which involved a march down Gundagai’s main street before the official ceremony.

Chair of the Yarri and Jacky Jacky Sculpture Committee, Peter Smith, said Yarri and Jacky Jacky did everything they could to save lives, despite  tensions between Europeans and Wiradjuri at the time.

“These men are Wiradjuri men and they didn’t worry about any sort of race or colour or anything when they were doing their bravery act,” he said.

“They just do what they need to do, just did what they thought was necessary to save the people and didn’t think twice about it.”

OurMob was there.

Brungle Tumut LALC CEO Sue Bulger, second from left, with family members

Sculptor Darien Pullen in red jumper, with a community member and BT LALC CEO Sue Bulger.

Community members proud of the Yarri Jacky Jacky statue.

NSWALC Councillor for Wiradjuri region, Craig Cromelin speaking at the event.

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  1. Hello, I am great grandaughter of Arthur Booby from Happy Valley near Brungle. Thank you for being so brave and bringing our forgotten and abused people and hopefully the local indigenous culture and spirit into my home town. I love you and keep it up so those like me carrying the trauma and disposession of our ancient culture so we may be confident in identifying in our local areas. I have identified as Aboriginal away from Gundagai so far, I have not been brave enough yet to go home and do the same…….

  2. Wonderful, truly a testament to how humans should behave towards each other in order to achieve world peace. I feel humbled when I read about these Wiradjuri men.

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