Bilin Bilin

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Bilin Bilin (born c. 1820; died 1901) was a member of the Yugambeh Bundjalung people who gained respect of the colonials and received a king plate for it. He chose to work with the Europeans and be friendly to Christianity, in so much as distributing Bibles, while maintaining his traditional beliefs.[1] In his case favoring diplomacy over confrontation helped his ability to stay on his ancestral land for most of his life.[2] Alternate names for him include Jackey Jackey, Kawae Kawae, John Logan, and Bilinba. His diplomacy includes demanding equal wages for his people and encouraging them not to leave their land, A Lutheran Pastor, Haussmann, taught him to read and write.[3]