Gundagai Sculpture Honours Wiradjuri Heroes of 1852 Flood

The bravery of local indigenous people saved the NSW town of Gundagai from complete destruction during the Great Flood of 1852.Two Wiradjuri men, Yarri and Jacky Jacky, risked their own lives to save the lives of their European neighbours, at a time when racial tensions between European settlers and indigenous Australians were at an all time high. The town of Gundagai was built in 1838 on river flats by the Murrumbidgee River, despite warnings from local indigenous people not to do so. In 1852, the Murrumbidgee River broke its banks and flooded the town of 250 people, killing 89. This remains the highest death toll for any flood in Australia.  However, the toll could have been far worse if it weren't for the selfless act of courage displayed by the two Wiradjuri men and other local indigenous people, who together saved 69 people from the floods. One hundred and sixty-five years on, the town of Gundagai has immortalised the efforts of the two heroes in the form of a sculpture on the town's main street, enlightening locals and visitors to a defining moment in the town's history. (read more here)