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Kurrburra the Boonwurrung wirrirrap and bard (1797–1849): A man of high degree

journal contribution
posted on 30.06.2021, 00:55 by Ian D Clark, Rolf SchlaglothRolf Schlagloth, Fred Cahir, Gabrielle McGinnis
Kurrburra (aka Mr Ruffy) (1797–1849), Aboriginal wirrirrap (doctor, healer, bard), sage counsellor of his people, consultant with koalas, and heroic slayer of a feared orangutan-like cryptid that lived in the ranges north of Western Port, is believed to have been born in 1797, and was a member of the Yawen djirra clan, the eastern-most group of the Boonwurrung People whose Country stretched from Wirribi-yaluk (Werribee River) to Wammun (Wilsons Promontory) in Victoria. His moiety was Bunjil and in the early 1840s he had 2 wives: Kurundum (1819–?) and Bowyeup (1823–?), and 2 children, whose names are not known. Kurrburra’s traditional Aboriginal name is the Boonwurrung word for the iconic marsupial Phascolarctos cinereus, more commonly known as the koala.

History

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

73

End Page

91

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

2209-9573

ISSN

2209-9522

Publisher

ANU Press

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Biography and History