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Burleigh Heads Aboriginal War Memorial

Description

Yugambeh means many eagles protecting our country (mibun wallul mundindehla nalinah dhagun). The stone was brought down from Mount Tamborine by members of the Corporation and locally found ochre was used in the painting.

Artist Marshall Bell from the Kamilleroi Aboriginal clan designed and painted the memorial in consultation with the Kombumerri Corporation to reflect society and to recognise the many Aborigines who fought in war.

Location
Jebbribillum Bora Park
Pacific Highway and 6th Avenue, Burleigh Heads Qld 4220

Location of Burleigh Heads Aboriginal War Memorial

Inscription

This rock is placed here to honour Yugambeh men and women who served in defence of this country.

Yugambeh is the linguistic name of the Aboriginal people whose tribal region extends inland from the Logan and Nerang Rivers and includes the areas covered by all the adjacent streams and creeks. Yugambeh family groups include Kombumerri, Wangeriburra, Migunburra, Munaljahli, Gugingin, Birinburra and others.

We honour those who served in the Armed Forces and those who made the supreme sacrifice.

The symbolism of this rock serves to highlight the role played by all indigenous Australians in defence of this country.

Conflicts commemorated
First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
Korean War, 1950-1953
Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66
Vietnam War, 1962-1972
Gulf War, 1990-1991
Memorial type
Stone/Cairn/Plinth
Additional information

More than 400 Aborigines fought in World War I, thousands in later conflicts up to the Gulf War.

The memorial was erected by Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture with assistance from the Gold Coast City Council, the Yugambeh Aboriginal war memorial was dedicated on 21.4.1991.

Recorded by
Peter Church, Gold Coast City Council
Date recorded
16 March 2009

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