The Gundagai Community, incorporating members of the local Wiradjuri community, have commissioned a sculpture celebrating the contribution that members of the Wiradjuri community made in saving the townsfolk from the great flood of 1852. On the night of June 24, 1852 two Wiradjuri men, Yarri and Jacky Jacky, rescued one third of Gundagai town’s residents (some 69 people) in frail bark canoes from the flooded Murrumbidgee River. This was a protracted rescue effort, continuing over some days and nights. Numerous press articles in the Gundagai Independent over a period of more than 100 years after the flood reference the rescues. This great flood continues to be one of the most significant natural disasters in Australian history in terms of lives lost, with some 80 being drowned. The Day will include: 10:45am – Street march along Sheridan Street leaving from the old Gundagai Post Office. 11am – Sculpture Opening on the corner of Kitchener and Sheridan Streets. Markets and Displays at Carberry Park. 12pm – Yarri of Wiradjuri Performance. Come and support the local Lions Club and Scout’s group who will be holding a barbecue lunch in the park.

Contact Details

Gundagai, Sheridan Street, Gundagai NSW 2722

6944 0250