Burleigh Heads Aboriginal War Memorial
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.
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, 1962–1966
- Vietnam War, 1962–1972
- Gulf War, 1990–1991
- Memorial type
- 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 April 1991.
- Recorded by
- Peter Church, Gold Coast City Council
- Date recorded
- 16 March 2009