Wauba Debar

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Wauba Debar's grave and headstone in Bicheno

Wauba Debar (1792–1832) was a female Tasmanian aborigine. Her grave is a historic site located in the east coast Tasmanian town of Bicheno, which memorialises her rescue of two sealers, one of them her husband, when their ship was wrecked about 1 km from shore during a storm. She assisting first her husband, then the other sealer safely to shore.

The grave site overlooks Waubs Bay and Warbs Harbour both of which were named after her, and is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage list.[1]

Wauba Debar, as a teenager, was one of many aboriginal women kidnapped and enslaved by sealers and whalers for sexual partners during the European colonisation of Tasmania. She was a strong swimmer.

She died in a boat off the coast whilst travelling towards the Furneaux Group and her body was brought ashore and buried. Local settlers raised funds in 1855 to erect the headstone on her grave, immortalising her act of heroism.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ eHeritage, Headstone of Wauba DEBAR, State Library of Tasmania. Accessed 18 October 2008
  2. ^ Bicheno Online Access Centre, Community History. Accessed 18 October 2008
  3. ^ Derek John Mulvaney, Encounters in Place: Outsiders and Aboriginal Australians, 1606-1985, University of Queensland Press, 1989, ISBN 0-7022-2153-8

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