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The Ngarabal (also: Ngoorabul, Ngarrabul, Ngarrbal) people are the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Glen Innes area in Northern New South Wales, Australia.[1] Ngarabal people have lived in Glen Innes and the surrounding country continuously for thousands of years.[2]

The Glen Innes Local Aboriginal Land Council manages approximately 3000 hectares of land near Strathbogie, New South Wales including The Willows, and the adjoining property Boorabee, which is owned by Boorabee Aboriginal Corporation, of which all members are Ngarabal people.[3]

The Willows is home to Marlow Hill named after the 'Marlow' (Marlo/Marno/Marlowe) Aboriginal family. The Willows is located near the Strathbogie Station, Emmaville, known as a 'safe place' for many Aboriginal people, and the former Nucoorilma Mission, where many Ngarabal people lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and holds great significance for the Ngarabal community today.[4]

Many of the Nngarabal people were massacared at Deepwater and Bolivia. Many had to flee their homelands. The Land Rights Act of New South Wales allows any tribe to occupy Ngarabal land without proof of thirconnection to Ngarabal country.

Currently the Ngarabal people are finding their way home having to face strangers in their homelands.


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  2. ^ AMBS (2010). Glen Innes Severn LGA Aboriginal Heritage Study. Consultancy report to Glen Innes Servern Council.
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