Ngurungaeta

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Ngurungaeta is a Wurundjeri word meaning 'head man' or 'tribal leader'.[1] Ngurungaeta held the same tribal standing as an Arweet of the Bunurong and Wathaurong people. The current Ngurungaeta is Murrundindi.

Ngurungaeta include:

  • Bebejan - one of the seven ngurungaeta who signed the 1835 treaty with John Batman[2]
  • Billibellary, (1799–1846) - ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri-willam clan
  • Simon Wonga (1824–1874) - ngurungaeta and son of Billibellary
  • William Barak (1824–1903) - last traditional ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri-willam clan
  • Robert Wandoon (1854–1908) - anointed ngurungaeta by William Barak[3]
  • James Wandin (1933–2006) - ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri[4]
  • Murrundindi - appointed ngurungaeta at the funeral of James Wandin in 2006.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Flanagan, Tireless ambassador bids you welcome, The Age, January 25, 2003. Accessed October 31, 2008
  2. ^ Murrundindi and his people. Accessed November 1, 2008
  3. ^ Ian Hunter, Wurundjeri Lineage Accessed November 1, 2008
  4. ^ James Wandin, Opening statement to the Victorian Parliament Victorian parliament website, 26 May 2000. Accessed October 31, 2008
  5. ^ Rebecca Fraser, New title ‘better than being Prime Minister’, Star News Group, March 9, 2006. Accessed November 1, 2008