NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS Djargurd Wurrong
The Camperdown district was inhabited, for thousands of years, by the Leehura (Liwura) Gunditj Clan of the Djargurd Wurrong language groups who named Mount Sugarloaf “Tuunumbee Heear” or “moving moving woman”.
Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf were used by the Leehura people as signalling towers and lookouts to observe movements of game and neighbouring peoples.
The mounts were also important landmarks, guiding local people’s lifestyle.
The last full-blooded member of the Leehura people, Wombeech Puuyuun (Camperdown George – pictured above left) died in Camperdown in 1883.
A stone obelisk memorial to Camperdown George was erected in the Camperdown Cemetery by James Dawson, local Aboriginal protector at the time. This memorial still exists today.
Find out more at the Camperdown Historical Society, history page. A big thank you to the Historical Society for the use of these photos, they are the owners of the photos – rights reserved.